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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something suitable for CHILDREN (05/31/07)

TITLE: A Lesson Learned
By David F. Palmieri Sr.


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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Seema Bagai 06/08/07
Good message here. Timely.
Rita Garcia06/08/07
A good story with a message in a child's language!
Mary Alice Bowles06/09/07
Wonderful and alive with just the right message!!!
Janice Fitzpatrick06/09/07
Very timely piece and so true. A great lesson through a beautiful reminder. Makes me want to grab a wagon and start following suit. Wow. Thx for this entry. God bless,Janice
Dee Yoder 06/12/07
Thanks for writing a story to help children understand that though adults often disagree about war, we should ALWAYS be grateful and thankful to our enlisted men and women for their willingness to go!
Donna Howard06/13/07
As one who has a grandson who fought for our freedoms in Iraq from August 2005 to April 2006, I can say a heartfelt "Thank you" for this story. You are so right, that it doesn't matter whether or not we agree with the war, our troops desperately need our prayers, and we need to teach our children that. Wonderful message.
Edy T Johnson 06/16/07
I really appreciate your story, dealing with a tough subject, in children's terms. You give a great lesson to ponder and I think youngsters would like having a grandpop read it to them. The ending is delightful!

Thank you, too, for reading and leaving a comment on my story. I appreciate your words.
Clyde Blakely07/24/07
Thanks Dave.

I have spoken with many Iragi and Afgani returning Soldiers and they all tell me the same thing: witin three months they stop watching TV news because it's not telling the good that we are doing over there. They consider the news services as only giving a negative picture. I could tell that each Soldier was deeply effected by this.

God bless.