When Brittany Garrett saw her husband crying in their yard, she couldn’t imagine what was wrong. He was home from Afghanistan and had been doing well. Luckily, her husband Christopher wasn’t crying tears of sadness. They were tears of joy from a gift given by a “Grateful American.”
Christopher was a deployed combat engineer in Afghanistan when he was shot in the gut. He survived the attack, but was given a medical retirement from the military and sent home to the United States.
Once returning home, Christopher tried hard to maintain his duties as a father and a husband, although they weren’t always easy for him. One of the hardest tasks was mowing his lawn once to twice a week with a push mower.
He was on a 100 percent disabled retirement, which meant doing physical tasks like mowing wasn’t easy for him. One day while outside, Brittany saw Christopher sitting down with tears streaming down his face. She rushed to him afraid of what was wrong.
In this case, nothing was wrong. Something was actually very right. An anonymous neighbor, known only as a “Grateful American” had seen Christopher struggling to mow his lawn and taken things into their own hands by purchasing him a brand new John Deere riding lawn mower.
A note had been left on the lawn mower that read, “I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. Sincerely, a grateful American.”
Overwhelmed with gratitude by the generous gift, Christopher is now able to mow his lawn easily and can spend more time being a loving father and husband. This gift was surely a blessing to his entire family.
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