Brittany Garrett was getting ready for the day when she heard something amiss outside. Her Army veteran husband was at home and the couple wasn’t expecting any visitors, when she opened the door in shock at what was in their front yard, realizing that a neighbor had been watching them.
Brittany’s hero husband, U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Garrett, returned home after suffering an injury that rendered him disabled, after a mission in Afghanistan went horribly wrong. “He was shot through the lower abdomen, and the bullet exited his right butt cheek,” Brittany explained to IJ Review. Since then, Christopher has been back home with his wife and son on medical retirement, which someone near their home in Oregon took notice of.
In a post the Army wife made on social media, she said she heard someone at the door and found her husband standing there with tears in his eyes, as he was holding their son. Her first thought was that someone had died, but he immediately assured her that wasn’t the case, then showed her the note he found.
Brittany said that despite his disability, her husband does his best to keep up on their yard, mowing it once or twice a week. He struggles with the push mower, but he painstakingly takes on the task weekly, making sure the job gets done. Evidently, this routine didn’t go unnoticed by one generous onlooker who was touched by this man’s dedication to his yard and service to our country that nearly took his life.
Note and riding mower from stranger, Christopher Garrett (right)
Along with a gift on their front lawn, was a note that read: “I hope this saves time for the things that matter most in your life. Thank you for your service and for my freedom. Sincerely, A grateful American”
An anonymous neighbor didn’t want Christopher to struggle with the push mower any longer and bought him an expensive John Deer riding mower, so he could cut the grass in comfort. “I don’t know who they are, but they have been watching my 100% combat disabled husband push mow our entire yard once or twice a week, and thought this would help make more time for the important things in life!!!” Brittany wrote full of appreciation for this incredible gift they were blessed with.
The gracious wife explained that her husband has been saved from so much pain with being able to ride rather than push, to get the lawn mowed. This kind person realized the sacrifice this soldier made, and they saw his struggle at home while just trying to do basic things for his family. This generous gift was given without recognition, as a selfless thank you for a service that often goes unrecognized.