Many of you may have already heard this story. For those who haven't, it's one well-worth knowing. Walking through a parking lot toward a restaurant with his Mom, an 8-year-old boy spotted a $20-bill. Seeing no one around who might have dropped it, with Mom's approval, the young man picked it up, put it in his pocket, and continued into the restaurant. As you can understand, for an 8-year-old, that $20 must have seemed like a fortune. So, as he sat, waiting to order, he began to think of all the neat stuff he could buy with that, literally, new-found money.
Then the boy noticed a soldier and his family enter the restaurant, and his thoughts turned suddenly from self to honoring others. You see, his father had been a soldier, too, and that newly-arrived family reminded him of his Dad. So he borrowed Mom's pen, wrote a note on a napkin, wrapped it around that $20-bill, and took it over to that soldier. And here's what he wrote, in part: "Dear Soldier: My Dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when I got here. Thank you for your service." Signed, "a gold-star kid."