Katie shared what she saw inside that Kroger on her Facebook page.
"I find myself sitting in the parking lot at Kroger trying to compose myself. You see, while inside getting groceries, I came upon a little girl prancing down the aisle make a crazy noise. I turned around to see this young lady wearing massive boots compared to her tiny body.
At first , I just giggled and continued shopping. I ended up in the checkout lane behind she and her mother."
As good southerners do, we struck up conversation. I told the little girl that I liked her boots. She had a massive grin on her face and began to speak.
She let me know that those boots belonged to her Daddy.
Today would have been his birthday, but he was killed last year in 'Afghan Stan.'
To feel better about today, she was allowed to wear his boots. As her mom started to cry, so did I, as did the cashier. Apparently, the gentleman behind me heard the story and gave the little girl a cupcake out of the dozen he was buying.
He told the little girl to always eat a cupcake for her dad's birthday.
He told her that her dad was a hero and that she should be proud to be his daughter.
Hopefully this girl inspires others to take a second to think about how lucky we are to live in the United States of America and how we achieve freedom on the first place! We all don't have to agree but we do have to recognize that our servicemen and women put their lives on the line to protect ours.
Learn more about Katie's incredible interaction with the little girl here.
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