Sack Lunches

This was in my inbox... thought id share with everyone

Food for thought

The Sack Lunches

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,' 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.


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


As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a 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 so 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 like best -

beef or 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 yours, 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

seatbelt 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


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...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check

made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to

and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this

country who no longer understand it.'

PassarellisLove PassarellisLove
41-45, F
3 Responses Feb 25, 2010

This story is awesome! I love it! It just goes to show how much one random act of kindness can affect another person or people.

I only wish I was able to tell this story ... This was a story that came in my email. Im on a few Military pages. I thought it was too good not to share : )

I commend you and think that was very noble of you. I wish there were more people in this world like you, who will be sympathetic & empathetic. That post just absolutely made my day! I'm a proud Navy sister btw!