posted on Apr, 23 2010 @ 06:15 PM
Not sure where to put this little story of mine, this is the only place I could think to write it...
Today started as an ordinary day for me. Typical routine of getting up early in the morning to attend college, all while regretting that I stayed up
late on ATS. I go to school and listen to my professors ramble on class topics and at the same time, try not day dream about which cigar I want to
smoke after school.
On my way home, my mind drifts off into a state of humble thoughts. I look around me and see streets and freeways being expanded and repaired. People
are going about their business whether it's eating at local restaurants, engaging in small talk with neighbors or shopping.
I look around further and gaze upon the beautiful land of Pennsylvania, knowing that many people fought and died on the very same land for our
freedoms we have now. I thought to myself, "I wonder how things would be now if our history was different?" It put a smile on my face knowing that I
am very fortunate to be living in America, where everyone has the opportunity to live the life they want.
I get home around noon and decided to mow the grass before UFOs start making crop circles (It was getting pretty bad). So I'm off riding on the mower
listening to newly released Techno/Progressive House songs that I bought, all while enjoying the beautiful sunny day. My two labs were running around
like wild banshees, the day couldn't be any more perfect.
I decided to take a break and sit on the front porch while enjoying an ice cold, American brewed-Yuengling Lager to compliment my cigar. While sitting
there, my mind began to drift and I emptied out all thoughts. I sat there and enjoyed my day of freedom.
I did not think about the political madness that people create these days. The bigotry that people project about my country was not bothering me.
Nothing was going to spoil my day of freedom.
After relaxing a while, something caught my attention...
I heard a loud noise that cracked the air from the distance. The roaring grew louder and louder, and at that moment I knew exactly what it was...
A huge smile spawned across my face as I saw 2 F-16s swoop down over the hills and started banking towards my direction. Chills ran down my spine as
they were approaching me, the sound was unreal. Not realizing it, I instinctively stood up and saluted the pilots as they started banking again, which
allowed me to see the pilots in the cockpits. As they were in front of me, one of them tipped its wings left to right really quick, in a sense to
acknowledge my salute.
I had never experienced anything like this before. I knew that what I had did probably made his/her day, to see my huge American flag on my front yard
and me on the porch saluting them.
This day was far from ordinary.
Those pilots are willing to sacrifice their lives so that ordinary citizens like me, can enjoy these days of freedom. Days like today is a reminder to
thank those that are serving in the armed forces, not just for people in America, but all the people living in a free-democratic nation that are free
to do what they want with their lives. Without them, our lives would be different.
So in the end, I would like to thank the pilots today for giving me a treat, along with reminding me the sacrifice you're willing to make. Today was
a great day.
[edit on 23-4-2010 by Clisen33]