Op: Dinner Out Thanks Sarah Smiley

October 9, 2007 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

In my previous posts I’ve shared and thanked the “behind the scenes” people of Operation: Dinner Out.

What you might not know is how this whole thing got started!

One night on air while we were chatting with Sarah Smiley we talked about having dinner. Our listeners chimed in and just wouldn’t hear of us having a dinner without them! We listened and planned a night to remember.

What most of you don’t know about Sarah’s appearance last Saturday night was that she spent the entire day at the writers conference on Amelia Island. In fact she had been on a boat just hours before our event. I’m sure after a full day she had thoughts of a quiet evening with her hubby Dustin (after the kids were in bed of course). Her and her dear friend Margaret braved the weather and made it our event.

Sarah’s message to the military spouses (and a few retirees) in the room was engaging, funny, warm and thought provoking. She even was gracious enough to take questions from the audience. Of the many things she talked about was the idea of having something “healthy” to become dependent upon during a deployment. Some people become extra dependent on things like their children (as she explained this was something she experienced with her mom at times), alcohol, the tv, unhealthy relationships, or even a “crush” (yep I said it). She talked about creating healthy relationships and that “nights like tonight create an atmosphere to do just that”.

I had never looked at the things I tend to replace all that time I would spend with my husband once he is deployed. It makes perfect sense though doesn’t it? We all need to make sure we live our best balanced life and that includes making time for and creating good friendships.

Marie and I love sharing our favorite things. It’s always better and more fun. I hope you enjoyed one of our favorite things: Sarah Smiley!

Thanks Sarah for everything!

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