It is the Day before Mothers Day, the first since my Mom passed away. She would Love what happened in the park today because it would have reminded her of my Dad. He never met a veteran he did not want to help…
Today as I finished my hike I decided to stop by the Civil War display on the Arlington Lawn at the base of Hot Springs Mountain. As I descended the Tufa Terrace ramp I could hear someone below yelling. It is not unusual during the spring and summer to see weddings in Hot Springs National Park, but not overlapping with another event. When I reach the first overlook I see an older gentleman with long hair and beard dressed in a camouflage jacket approaching a wedding party.
Some in the wedding party are laughing at him as he approaches, they look at him as if he is a tourist attraction. Looking down I knew this was an unusual event so I raise my camera and begin to photograph the exchange. Something beautiful occurs, a moment of humanity. The groom begins to speak in a soft tone until the unexpected guest at his wedding does the same. This calms the situation and in the end the groom’s kind smile eases the agitation of his guest. A beautiful gesture of kindness on a special day.
Happy Mothers Day!
Kindness is a gift that can be given any day….