HILLARY WRIGHT, A MOTHER OF THREE BOYS AND A BOSTONBASED NUTRITIONIST AT
Millets….. You just need to make boring health foods look delicious and inviting for the child.” Surprise your children with these delicious and healthy lunch box ideas. Healthy and delicious oat idlis hide the goodness of oats, lentils and veggies; moong
on the intercom to inform us all that we were getting delayed. The entire plane let out a collective groan. She resumed speaking after the groaning had died down. “We are holding the aircraft for some very special people who are on their way to the plane and the delay should not be more than five minutes. Why this special favour? I thought. I was expecting some celebrity or sports figure to be the reason for the hold- up. The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud excited voice that we were joined by several U.S. Marines returning home from Iraq!
Just as they walked on board, all the passengers in the plane erupted into applause. The marines were taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. An American who was seated next to me said, “These men have done immense sacrifice for us and I have been complaining silently about ‘me’ and my issues and took for granted the freedom I enjoy every day, which I got at the cost of the sacrifice of these great men. I really feel ashamed of my mumbling and grumbling over the delay in the flight’s take off.”
I also felt bad about my impatience a few minutes ago. This gentleman took the initiative and suggested to the flight attendant to make an announcement requesting everyone to remain seated until our heroes were allowed to gather their things and step off first from the plane, as soon as it landed in Tampa. The cheers and applause continued until the last marine stepped off. What an inspiring example of people’s salute to the real heroes of a nation! I bow to our great ‘fauji bhais’ who work relentlessly around the clock, facing several hardships, to protect their brethren. – Sudha Chandrasekaran,