It’s that time again, November 11th - Veterans Day. The day we, as Americans, make it a point to pause and honor our fellow citizens who serve in our military, past, present and even future. Those who enter harm’s way so we at home never will.
As is our custom, please join me in a moment of silence for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend and preserve our freedom.
Now, before you go to get on with the freedoms of your life made possible by these brave heroes and heroines, bear with me for a few minutes more. There’s a message in this, somewhere.
Last week-end we took our granddaughter to one of those places where kids love to go to play games and collect tickets for prizes. Not exactly my first choice of how to spend a Saturday afternoon, but then I’m not six.
The place was absolutely packed, think a carnival midway on steroids. Lights flashed, machines boinked, dinged and whirred, train, merry go round and rocket ship rides in continual twisting and turning motions, with kids running in and around it all. Playing together, cooperating together, having a great time together.One thing I noticed as I trailed my little charge around was the diversity of the group. Every ethnicity was represented. Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and any possible combination.
Then another thought struck. An epiphany if you will. All of these different and diverse kids were having fun. Playing together, cooperating together, having a great time together.Those ethnic labels I mentioned are distinctions we adults make, not our children. To them it’s someone their age, with similar interests to enjoy some time with. Period.
We should all be so lucky.
Happy Veterans Day, Everyone.
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