Traveling at Christmas | Cypress Semiconductor
Traveling at Christmas
December 20, 2010
Many of you will be traveling home for Christmas. This is a good time to remember the men and women that serve our country. If you have lost someone in your family (my father in my case) take that money you would have spent on a present and treat a traveling soldier or sailor or marine to coffee or lunch. It real easy, when you see someone in uniform at the front of a line (It will be coffee or fast food) just go up and give the casher some money. When this young man or lady says thanks you just respond with. “No Thank YOU!”, maybe a handshake, and leave.
Unfortunately the defense of this country is mostly left to those in the lower economic classes and there is a good chance this kid has not had a lot of experience traveling (There is a good chance that going to boot camp was there first long distance trip ever away from home.) So this trip at such a busy time can be overwhelming to a 18 or 19 year old kid. Trust me they will appreciate the gesture.
Do this enough and you will find it to be contagious! Last year I was traveling a few days before Christmas and the airport was full of soldiers flying home for holiday leave. There was a long line waiting for the pay phones. I went to the front of the line and gave my cell phone to a young soldier and told home to call home if he liked. At the end of the call I also showed him how to delete the number so that someone else couldn’t use this as a scam to get his or her parents phone number. As I was doing this, a lady came up to tell how nice it was for me to do this. I saw she had a cell phone and said that she could be nice too. She agreed and when the third person came up she told him he could also be nice, that person agreed. We ended up with about half a dozen of us and the line quickly was serviced. Someone else went and bought cookies at the coffee shop and handed them out. Another salesman had left over give away coffee cards from a trade show. He gave them away.
If you see a home coming with a large collection of family, offer to take the picture so no one has to be left out of the photo.
So try it. Have some fun and see if it isn’t the best 5, 10 or 20 bucks you spent this Christmas. Let me know how it went.
Merry Christmas and may all your problems be the ones you are paid to solve