Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Veterans among Minnesota Prairie Roots’ Friday flowers recipients November 13, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Audrey Kletscher Helbling @ 9:36 AM

“YOU SURE GIVE OUT a lot of Friday flowers,” my husband told me the other day.

Well, yeah, so what?

Whether the weekly list of Minnesota Prairie Roots’ Friday flowers recipients is long or short doesn’t matter. What matters is that each individual, organization or business is truly worthy of recognition, encouragement or thanks.

All week I’m keeping my eyes and ears open for potential Friday flowers nominees. It’s really an exercise in looking for the good in life and considering how I can encourage others.

I invite you to also submit names for consideration via e-mail or a comment.

Without further ado, here are the recipients of this week’s Minnesota Prairie Roots’ virtual Friday flowers:


Poppies have long been associated with honoring and remembering veterans. I photographed this poppy in my neighbor Cheri's yard this past summer.

The Honor Flight Network, a national charitable organization that transports veterans, at no cost to them, on a one-day trip to visit veterans’ memorials in Washington D.C. The current focus is on getting WW II vets to D.C. Last Saturday the Twin Cities Honor Flight flew 104 vets to our nation’s Capitol. Thanks to the organizers of this flight, to those who served as guardians/chaperones and to those who supported this trip financially. But most of all, thank you to the veterans who have served our country. Minnesota Honor Flight chapters are also based in St. Cloud and Rochester. For a Nov. 11 story about the St. Cloud chapter, click here: http://digelog.typepad.com/digelogrocori/2009/11/the-story-of-honor-flight.html. Or visit the national website at www.honorflight.org.

Bob, the 85-year-old gentleman I met last Friday evening at the Faribault American Legion. I recognized Bob from the many times I have seen him at the local library and that was my basis for striking up a conversation. Here’s my favorite Bob quote: “I don’t know what I would do without a library.” Me either, Bob. Even though his eyesight allows him to read for only an hour at a time, this determined man continues to frequent the public library. He’s been going there for 75 years, he says, and enjoys reading about history, politics and current events. I appreciate someone like Bob, who values libraries and staying informed.

My daughter, Amber, who makes me proud to be her mom. This week she remained calm and level-headed when I needed her to be calm and level-headed. She’s mature, understanding, supportive and a woman of faith, just a few of the attributes that make her a wonderful daughter and person.

Maggiano’s Little Italy at Southdale Center in Edina. Last week the Holter family from Faribault gathered at the restaurant to remember their son, Curtis, on what would have been his 13th birthday. The restaurant treated this grieving family to a VIP dessert plate and then charged nothing for the meal. This compassionate act deserves to be recognized and emulated. Read more about this birthday celebration, including a touching comment from the Holters’ waitress, at www.curtisholter.org.

That concludes the Nov. 13 virtual Friday flowers recipient list. Please submit nominations for consideration next Friday and in the weeks to come. The weekly deadline is Wednesday with one request per individual per week. Look for the good in people and share your discoveries with others via Minnesota Prairie Roots’ virtual Friday flowers.

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