Monday, September 04, 2006

Rough Men

Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
-George Orwell

There are two things one can say to our rough men and women. The first is "Thank You". The second is, "Can I play with that?"






It was time to introduce Miniwether to real heroes. We've read stories about monsters with glowing red eyes that bite and hurt people. Monsters that attack and tear. Monsters that take people away forever. But all these stories also have heroes. Miniwether has cheered for Beowulf, yelled for the Monkey King and clapped for Luke Skywalker. Saturday she got to meet real heroes. Men who stormed ashore in Normandy. Nurses who patched people together in the Pacific, women fighting over in the Middle East. She got to wear their helmets, touch their rifles, and give them hugs. They told her stories of real monsters and real battles. For five hours she watched and listened and asked questions and got LOTS of attention.

She also found a cool locust.

Sadly, Miniiwether didn't want her picture taken with any of the soldiers. I guess she wanted to talk and play with them rather than pose with them. That makes sense. They had some really neat toys!!

I hope she remembers that day for the rest of her life.

Adventure! Excitement! Rough Times!

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