With Thanksgiving only two days away, I have been doing some thinking about this past year and the amazing things that cause me to give thanks. It is easy to go around the table at Thanksgiving, ask everyone what they are thankful for, and hear the usual answers like, “I am thankful for my family” or “I am thankful for Jesus.” Now, don’t get me wrong, both answers are awesome and VERY true, but this year I wanted to go a little deeper and decided to think about each member of my family and what each of them has taught or shown me.
When I travel, I love to people watch. Whether it is a short or long layover I have to endure, I try to stop and check out my fellow travelers. I honestly don’t think you can find a better slice of our world today than by watching the movement through an airport concourse. Preppies, jocks, knuckleheads, weirdos, businessmen, foreigners, regulars and newbies….this airport has them all.
This week while I was traveling, I once again spent some time at the airport gallery and noticed that there is one kind of traveler that I love to see more than any other, kids.
In 1942, the U.S.S. Enterprise was one of only two aircraft carriers fighting for the United States in the Pacific during World War II. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in late 1941, the U.S. naval fleet was decimated and, while every ship was valuable, the carriers were indispensable. By mid-1942, the United States had begun to fight back against the Japanese and began their “island hopping” campaign across the South Pacific, taking one painful, bloody island at a time.