Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Great Day Despite Losses

     Well, after nearly a year of being "pen pals", I finally had the chance to spend considerable personal time with my "adopted soldier" Logan.  I arranged for him to fly in to Philadelphia from his home in Kentucky (he's now done with his active military duty) yesterday afternoon.  Since he's a huge sports fan like me, we had a great weekend of football planned.
     On Saturday afternoon, we were excited to watch what we had thought (and hoped) would be a big victory for Alabama over Texas A&M.  Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way, but we enjoyed watching the game anyway.
     Today was a blast.  We got things started with a lunch of awesome ribs at Famous Dave's.  Then we went into Philly and toured the National Constitution Center (Logan is a big history buff) and saw the Liberty Bell.  Then it was off to the Eagles game, hoping to see them crush the Cowgirls.  Unfortunately, that didn't go as planned, either!  It was Logan's first-ever NFL game, so it was still fun.
     After the game, we picked up a pizza (a favorite for both of us) and brought it home to eat while watching the Bears (his favorite team) play the Texans.  We even got to enjoy a homemade apple pie that Catherine baked and some ice cream as well.  Unfortunately, the Bears lost to make us 0-3 in terms of the teams we were rooting for!
     Believe it or not, it was back on January 6th when I wrote this blog post about my decision to participate in an "adopt a soldier" program through Soldiers' Angels.  Never having done anything like that, I didn't really know what to expect.  And here we are 11 months later, having an awesome weekend together with someone who's gone from being a total stranger to becoming a great friend.  And in just 4 more weeks, Catherine and I are headed to Kentucky to attend Logan's wedding as well.  Very cool!  Pretty amazing what can happen if you're willing to extend yourself.

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