Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dona Nobis Pacem


As I was unbuckling her carseat, Baby Puppy said, "I like soldiers."

"I do, too," I replied. "Soldiers are very strong and brave."

"I wish Daddy was a soldier," said my beautiful, innocent child.

"Oh, I'm glad Daddy's not a soldier," I blurted out without really thinking.

"But, Daddy's strong and brave," an obviously puzzled Baby Puppy reminded me.

"Yes, he is," I answered, a little more carefully. "And, soldiers do wonderful things for us. But, if Daddy was a soldier, he might have to be gone for a long time. And, sometimes it would be very dangerous. I'm glad Daddy is not a soldier."

And, I wish that all of the brave, strong soldiers could come home.

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I was very, very honored to receive this award from Petra Michelle:



Thank you, Petra Michelle. This really means a lot to me.

I want to pass this award on to Storyteller. Storyteller is, without a doubt, the most dedicated blogger I know. Congratulations, Storyteller!

Peace!

18 comments:

Shadow said...

yeah, soldiers are brave and strong. yet i wouldn't want the bean's dad to be a soldier either. what a thoughtful little conversation that was...

and congratulations, you ARE a superior scribbler indeed!

The Maven said...

Oh, the soldiers. Our are fighting in Afghanistan mostly, and it breaks my heart. I hope they can all come home soon. I have a feeling your incredible president-elect will take care of that as quickly as possible.

storyteller said...

Our kids catch us by surprise often don’t they … but this conversation is perfect in so many ways and highlights a central reason to make peace a daily goal in our lives. Thanks for sharing.

Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that ‘Peace is in every step’ … a choice in every instant no matter what’s happening around or within us. As each of us blogs for peace today, we join our minds and hearts together to create this reality in our world.

As for the award … I honored!
Thank you so much. Re: blogging … it definitely helps to be happily retired … though sometimes life is busy enough for me to stop and ask myself how I ever had time to work and live at the same time. Perhaps age is catching up with me? Thanks again ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

MomOf3 said...

What a beautiful poem! I wish all of our soldiers could come home too.

Webradio said...

Nice poem...

Have a good day !

Kristin H. said...

I had a simialr conversation with my daughter the other day. I explained to her that her uncle is getting ready to go to Iraq in a month or so and he will be gone for a long time. I hate having those conversations.

Congratulations on the award!

LarryG said...

it is so exciting when the wee ones come out with expressions of our story. They are straightforward and brave themselves, and they love so deeply. Your child is a lovely reflection of her folks!

Cat said...

Last night on WTTW they ran a special about the highest medal of honor a soldier could receive and then showed the statistics of it - you would have to have died - doing an honorable thing in combat over the past 40 some odd years in order to receive it and - that was something that humbled me.

BQkimmy said...

It is very sweet that she views her daddy as a strong, brave, hero type.

I have to agree with you though, in that I am thankful our strong, brave daddy is not a soldier also.

Jannie said...

And someday there will be no more wars. And let's hope it is soon.

Peace.

(P.S. I actually posted a poem today, yay! Since I think that's how I originally found you, on a poetry blog.)

womaninawindow said...

Wish there wasn't a need for soldiers. We'd deal with that unemployment with pleasure.

CC said...

May they all come home soon. Healthy and strong.

Meg_L said...

What a sweet view Baby Puppy has. I got to believe her Daddy got a smile when you told him the story.

Dianne said...

I wish they would all come home too.

Killlashandra said...

Although soldiers are brave and strong I'm sad every time the leave and wish they would come home too.

Kathie said...

All three of my son-in-laws are soldiers. We are very proud of them and the sacrifice they and our daughters are willing to make for our country, for freedom, and for the oppressed everywhere. Blessings from Costa Rica

Gretchen said...

Congrats on your award!

Hubby was a Marine during the first bush's war in Iraq. When it was over and he came home, it was the military or me. I feel he chose wisely. My kids know they will NEVER enlist. I won't allow it. There is no way they are going to give their blood or lives for yet another war.

I do know how brave our military is, but it's 2008 and time for some peace.

Mimi Lenox said...

What a fascinating conversation. I love this peace post. There is so much hope out there right now.
Thanks for being a part of it and bringing us all a little closer together today.

Peace to you and yours,
Mimi