A Lesson Learned
“Grandpop…tell us again why we are putting yellow ribbons on all the trees on Main Street”? asked Lynn as she pulled the wagon full of ribbons down the street.
“Don’t you remember what I told you about supporting our soldiers who are fighting in the war”? Grandpop answered.
“But Grandpop, my teacher says that she thinks the war is wrong and our soldiers should come home” said Marie. “She says that we shouldn’t be fighting over there in the first place.”
“Well girls, like I said last night, it doesn’t matter if we agree with the war or not, we still should support our soldiers who are fighting in it. They need to know that we think about them and pray for them no matter what we think about the war. The yellow ribbons are just a way of showing the people of our town and anyone else that sees them that we support our troops,” said Grandpop as he tied the first ribbon around Mrs. Brown’s oak tree.
“Did people like the war that great-grandpop Harrison was in? And wasn’t that the same one that your Uncle Teddy died in”? Lynn asked.
“No Honey…people didn’t like the war, but back then the whole country got together and helped so that we could win the war. Everybody did their part to help the country and support our fighting men and woman.”
“It’s different this time isn’t it Grandpop”? Asked Marie, as she checked off something on her clipboard.”
“Yes girls, it’s different this time,” answered Grandpop sounding sad. Some people support the war and many people don’t. I just want you kids to learn that it doesn’t matter what we think we owe it to our troops to support them when they have to go to war. They are fighting for us and for our country. They are fighting for our freedom to stand here and pray and put yellow ribbons on trees. In some countries people aren’t allowed to even do that.”
“So…this really is an important project we’re doing, isn’t it Grandpop”? Lynn said still struggling with the wagon. “Kids can really make a difference huh”?
“Yes, kids can really make a difference. Most of all you can pray. God hears all prayers, especially those of children.”
“And we can put yellow ribbons around our town to show that we support our troops,” Marie chimed in. “Maybe some people will see our ribbons and put up their own ribbons. Then the whole town will have yellow ribbons, all because we started it.”
“That’s the idea girls…that’s the idea,” said Grandpop half-whispering with a bit of a tear in his eyes.
“Ah…one more question Grandpop” huffed Lynn as she struggled with the wagon over Mr. Hobson’s broken sidewalk. “Why do I have to pull this heavy wagon and Marie gets to carry the clipboard”?
“It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it,” said Marie not waiting for Grandpop’s answer.
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