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Wednesday: Words of Wisdom and “Perfect” Strangers

30 May

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Dallas Fort Worth Airport. It was a busy Memorial Day weekend. Terminal A was already bustling with stranded passengers from the bad storms that had grounded and cancelled dozens of flights the night before. Servicemen were scattered everywhere. I was catching a flight to Chicago, but my flight was delayed too, leaving me with few hours to kill.

I tried to shake hands with all the soldiers and thank them for their service, but I’m sure I missed a few. As fate would have it, I struck up a conversation with a soldier sitting all alone, and I asked him if I could buy him breakfast.

To make a long story short, we sat, ate a nutritious McDonald’s breakfast,(humor) and chatted for well over an hour. It turned out that Chaplain James Lewis was an army Major heading home on a four day pass before being deployed. He had been stranded overnight at DFW, losing a day of precious family time. We shared more than stories and email info that morning. We shared a small moment in time where The Lord lets you meet a fascinating, kind, and special person; a stranger who now becomes a friend.

Here is my first letter to Chaplain Jim and his response. I am truly blessed to have made a wonderful new friend.
(May 28, 2013)
Dear Chaplain Jim,
It was such an honor to meet you Saturday. I always say The Lord puts certain people in my path for a reason. I’ve had so much fun visiting with my sons, Mom, and my sister, and of course, sharing my story of the wonderful Chaplain I met at the airport. I hope you made it back home to your family without more delays.
As I told you, I write everyday, and thought I’d share my blog from Memorial Day. I’d be honored to hear from you now and then, and hope you don’t mind if I keep you in my email ramblings. I definitely will keep you in my prayers.
Your new friend,
Toni Andrukaitis

(Chaplain Jim’s response on May 28, 2013)

Toni–

Thanks for breakfast and the chance to share. I do intend to keep up with you and will include you in my Chaplain’s Chats weekly mailings, starting up again probably next week once we are in country.

It was fun to tell my wife that I got picked up by a gal at the airport eager to connect with a lonely Soldier! She’s a fun one– I think I’ll keep her. Next week will be our 26th anniversary.

She kept my trip home a secret from the kids– a good time was had by all, despite the rather cool weather as we were camping on the lake– counldn’t tell it was summer!

If I miss you next week, send again so I cann get you on my list when I’m building my new routines.
Keep being a blessing-

Jim

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I look forward to hearing from you, Chaplain Jim. Stay safe!

Just Another Tuesday in Texas

8 May

“The stars at night are big and bright,” and the drivers are mucho crazy deep in the heart of Texas. There’s nothing more exciting than a round trip drive to DFW airport during rush hour, and lets add a little road construction to the mix. One thing I’ve noticed about drivers here in the Lone Star State is the use of turn signals on cars are totally optional. Oh, and those lines separating the lanes, yes, also optional. I feel like a cat with nine lives, and I use all of them every time I get on the tollway.

“Life in the Fast Lane” should be the state song, and the state bird should be the roadrunner. Beep…beep. I learned to drive in Illinois where the speed limit is 55 on interstate highways. It’s 70 in Texas. I was going 70 in the middle lane, and drivers were zipping past me like I was a turtle. If I drove any faster, I’d get a nose bleed.

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Yep, everything is bigger in Texas, and a whole lot faster. But, if you get a split second to glance out the window, there sure is some pretty scenery. Where else can you zip down the highway and see longhorn steers grazing and bluebonnets painting the landscape?

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