I must have put 100,000 miles on my old truck last year, going all over the place, meeting people, hearing stories, telling stories and generally trying to appear employed. Now and then, however, all I have to do is open my email. Here’s a really good story I just had to pass on:
“During a discussion with my wife this past Memorial Day, she and I were discussing memorable times we spent deployed to overseas assignments; we are both veterans of the US Army. I recalled the story of my deployment in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in 1990 where I contacted your bakery to purchase some MoonPies for me and my combat buddies. The support that your company gave us will never be forgotten. Not only did the MoonPies reach the eagerly awaiting soldiers, your employees also took time to correspond with us. Being from the South, MoonPies are an icon to the region. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you again for your support and for taking the time to remember us soldiers. I would also like to let you know that the kindness and generosity of your employees has not been forgotten. Thank you.” - Thomas Quatrini.
Thomas, Thank you for sending that. We try to do our part to support our troops. It’s a tough job and bringing a little piece of home to our soldiers is an honor.
I have to tell you, I just told your story to a friend of mine who spent a lot of time as a helicopter mechanic in Desert Storm. He practically lived in that chopper, getting troops back and forth safely, keeping the machine running in top form. After hearing your story, he grunted, smiled and looked at me.
“Mike, I think you owe me a few MoonPies,” she said, joking. “Could have used some good, Southern memories in all that sand.”
I dropped my head and said, “We owe you a whole lot more than that, my friend.”