“Today I took 2 of my kids to the Red Sox spring training with my son’s travel baseball team – all the kids were super excited to get the autographs of some of their favorite MLB players, my 7-year-old daughter included. Well, she saw a woman in her military uniform standing off to the side a little and looked up at me and asked if she could go ask her for her autograph, because she was a real hero and baseball players aren’t. And of course I said yes!
As my daughter stepped out of line and started walking towards the soldier to ask, my eyes filled with tears and my heart was overflowing with joy. I couldn’t have been prouder of her. Proud that at 7 years old, she knows what a real hero is and is not blinded by the celebrity of some famous baseball player. As I was standing there, one of the Red Sox players noticed what had happened and walked over and stood next to me and, as I was wiping a tear from my eye, he put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘you should be proud mom, you are raising them right.’
So if you know this woman, or another soldier like her, please be sure to tell them ‘thank you.’ Thank you for being a real hero and someone I’m proud for my daughter to look up to, thank you for making my daughter’s day and thank you for your service! I don’t know her name and probably never will but I am eternally grateful!”
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