*** Government Shut Down & The Domino Effect ***

Monday, April 11, 2011

Happy Monday!

I am still feeling weird. I can't wait to get this feeling over with. The bloating is terrible. Even hurts to lean forward to type. I use a bipap to sleep and I find in the middle of the night I wake up with the mask off.

Recently in the news there has been a lot of talk about the government shut down and all that it would effect. I felt very bad about the workers and the income tax refunds being delayed. I also heard it may effect even SSID payments. Of course we are living one day at a time here. I can't see us making it until the 28th of this month yet.

What REALLY upset me is that it would effect our military. Our Servicemen and women give up so much for their country already. The fact that they might be on the battle field and worrying about their family back home having financial issues is unacceptable.

One report said that it was down to a 2 billion dollar discrepancy. Wouldn't the "Tax breaks" that the rich received cover that? I think some of the very rich would have jumped in to cover it.

Today's post is in honor of all those who keep us safe and as well to those who have paid the ultimate price.


*** The Domino Effect of Sack Lunches ***

-Author Unknown

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap too,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and Filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan.'

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time.

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base '

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq ; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked,'Which do you prefer -- beef or chicken?'

'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks.'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'

Quickly unfastening my seat belt, I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals.

It seemed so little... after all, these were courageous souls who are writing a blank check made payable to their country, for any amount 'up to and including my life'.

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    Amazing story Willow!
    3522 days ago
    Amen to that!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Touching story
    3522 days ago
    3522 days ago
    Too bad we can not just start over from scratch..Constitution and some love !
    3522 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3011801
    Great story and i agree it is terrible how veterans are treated.
    3522 days ago
    These politicians are acting like "clowns in suits"! Our military pays the ultimate price EVERY day and it is a shame if their pay is effected. My hubs is a veteran so I know what it feels like to be back home and have your husband in a war.

    Hope you feel better soon.

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  • ASH72461
    i toatally agree
    i think the people fighting for our country should come first
    not the goverment officals who already receive way too much emoticon
    3523 days ago
    Willow, as the wife of a government worker--not military now, but a veteran--I appreciate your thoughts of all of us in this situation when you are in a situation of your own. Although my husband wasn't one that would be furloughed, we were informed that there would be no one to process the paychecks, so that we would be on our own even though he was still working until the mess was straightened out. Because of Friday night's 'deal', I'm going forward in the faith that it is done, nothing left but writing it up for the President's signature, unless I've missed news over the weekend that changes that picture.

    You can be sure that I will look up the voting record of my congressperson and Senator when it comes time to vote in my new state. I hope everyone, not just people who would have been affected like you and me, but everyone whose lives are impacted by government programs in any way at all will vote solidly for representatives who can exercise some common sense where it comes to budget and spending. In my worldview, that's wives and moms. That will be one of the criteria I look for.

    FLYER99 brought up a point that I heard only briefly. In a world where the antics of the US government are news every day, what an embarrassment to show ourselves as a bunch of clowns who can't even keep a government running. Whatever happened to leadership? It's a disgrace.
    3523 days ago
    You know, for me that is what makes me the angirest is affecting those protecting us with their own lives. AND to boot the politicians would NOT endure any missed paychecks. What the heck. Just something wrong with that picture. Thanks for your blog.
    3523 days ago
  • MARTY728
    The last paycheck the those in the miltary (including my son) was only 50% of the total owed and they are still facing not being paid yet having to serve and risk their lives if this is not finalized by Thursday at midnight.
    3523 days ago
  • FLYER99
    Hi Willow! Even though I don't live in the US, I can't imagine a government "shutting down", especially over a measly $2 billion. That's just a drop in the bucket, so to speak. And, I fully agree that the rich have it way too easy, tax-wise. I fight tooth and nail for every penny I get and pay so many different taxes... ahhh, well... I could go on all day about that. Well, I guess there is nothing we can do about it except cast our ballot. I hope you get to feeling better today and that DH gets his test results soon. God Bless and my prayers go out to you, DH and all your furry ones! Have a wonderful Monday, Willow! Bob.
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  • DEE107
    if the government would stop with all that wasteful spending and if they took a pay cut and started to pay for their health care we would be better off and extra money for us ..hugs and hope today is a good day
    3523 days ago
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