August 24, 2016
By, Lorra B.
Young 8-year-old Collin Martin was attending Kennesaw Elementary School in 2007 when Lt. Col. Sharlene Pigg, a Major in the Army and on leave at that time, came to speak to his second grade class. The boy was so impacted by this soldier that he wrote her a thank-you letter, a letter that Lt. Col. Pigg carried with her for over ten years and through numerous deployments.
After 10 years the retired Army Lieutenant colonel decided it was finally time to find this now teenager and take him up on the free pizza he had offered in his letter, reported Fox 5.
“Many of the students wrote letters thanking her for speaking to them — but Collin Martin also invited her to share a pizza at his family’s restaurant upon her safe return.”
Other than Martin’s declaration in his letter for his love of flag football and soccer, it was his love of Pizza that would unite the two.
“When you get home, please come have pizza with us.”
To have been a fly on the wall when Martin received the phone call that Lt. Col. Pigg was actually taking him up on his offer would have been priceless. But, would he even remember her? Of course he did! He remembered her visit very well. He did admit, however, that he did not remember writing her the letter.
For Martin, it was “just an amazing experience” seeing her again. “I never thought she’d actually come in and meet me.”
“I just really wanted to meet the boy behind the letter,” stated Lt. Col. Sharlene Pigg.
Imagine the stories that could be told if more of us actually followed through with invitations such as the one sent from the then young Collin Martin.
By, Lorra B.