Prayers and wishes for those in the military
As I approached them, I wanted to say, "Thank you for serving our country."
But I was also thinking, "Stay out of harm's way. Return home to your loved ones safe, well, in one piece."
And with those thoughts, I couldn't get past the lump in my throat to offer even a friendly acknowledgement. They weren't looking my way, anyway. So I walked on by.
But the image of them stays with me. I do thank them for serving our country, and pray for their safety, and wish I hadn't missed the moment to speak the words aloud.