Airline lunches


Airline lunches (Brilliant Story)

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Airline 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 from Perth .
'I'm glad I have a good book to read

Perhaps I will get a short sleep,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of diggers
came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats,
totally surrounding me.
I decided to start a conversation.

'Where are you blokes headed?' I asked the
digger seated nearest to me.

'Puckapunyal. 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
lunches were available for five dollars.
It would be several
hours before we reached Melbourne ,

and I quickly decided a lunch would
help pass the time..

As I reached for my wallet,
I overheard a soldier ask his mate if
he planned to buy lunch.
'No, that seems like a lot of money for
just an airline lunch.
Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks.

I'll wait till we get to Pucka.
His mate agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers.
None were buying lunch.
I walked to the back of the plane
and handed the flight attendant a
fifty dollar note.
'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.'

She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly.
Her eyes wet with tears,
she thanked me.
'My young bloke was a digger in Iraq ,

it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten lunchboxes,
she headed up the aisle to where the
digs were seated.
She stopped at my seat and asked,
'Which do you
like best - beef or chicken?'

'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 your thanks.

After we finished eating,

I went again to the back of the plane,
heading for the rest room.
An old bloke stopped me.
'I saw what you did.
I want to be part of it.

Here, take this.'
He handed me twenty-five
Soon after I returned to my seat,
I saw the Captain coming
down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he wasn't 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 seat-belt
I stood and took the Captain's hand.

With a booming voice he said, 'I was an army pilot a long time back..
Once someone bought me 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 kid who looked about 18 was sitting 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 depart.
Waiting just inside the aeroplane 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 up to Puckapunyal.
I walked over to them and handed

them seventy-five dollars.
'It will take you some time to
reach Pucka. It will be
about time for a sandwich.
God Bless You Blokes.'

Ten young blokes left that flight feeling

the love and respect of their fellow Aussies.
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 digger is someone who,

at one point in his life, wrote a blank
cheque made payable to
for an amount of
'up to and including my life.'

That is Honour, and there are way

too many foreigners in this country
who don't understand it.'

May you have the strength and
courage to pass this along to
everyone on your email mates list....

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