My position as a camp ground host doesn’t have any “power” in the usual sense of the word. I do try and give veterans a break when I can. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

If campers don’t reserve on-line and pay ahead and they have on military clothing, I can offer them a break on the camping fees. The other night two young men stopped to ask about their reservations. I explained the system and noticed one of them was wearing a fleece with US Army and his name on it. I asked if he was active duty or a vet and he said,”a vet.” I told them I had a personal policy of saying thank you to vets by giving them a break on camping fees but I couldn’t do it with pre-paid reserved sites. I was clear that this was my personal campaign and not a federal government policy, just in case they went to another camp ground and expected the same treatment. They both laughed. I told them what I could do by way of saying thanks was to give them a free bundle of firewood. It was the best I could do.

The fleece guy had a big grin on his face. He said he was so touched by being recognized and thanked that he wanted to thank me back. Would I like a hug? Of course I wanted a hug and now as I write this I am tearing up.

It was yet another reminder of how simple it is to really connect with one another. Thank you takes but a few seconds to say and its impact is so powerful. It wasn’t about the firewood at all. It was about saying thank you and noticing another human being. The Army hug was definitely a bonus.