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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: Toy Soldiers
By Kevin Jarrell
10/18/04

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Plastic knives pierce deep within the toy soldier’s hearts. No pain is felt. Far from reality, the war rages on in the minds of children at play.
Victories are forgotten as the hours pass. The slain figures lie silent beneath the grass. The warriors, having fought so hard to bring joy and laughter to the hearts and souls of the child commanders, are cast aside.

Thoughts of them are replaced with bicycles and video games. The modern wonders captivate the children for hours on end and blind them to passing years. As teens they drive through town in search of love as well as that certain passion of life, which peaks their senses.

The time comes when they themselves become the soldiers, defending the honor of love they have found in a young woman, as another tries to extinguish the flames they have ignited within her heart. Memories of childhood battles remain locked away as the war of life rages on.

Maturity falls into place as adulthood begins. Families gather for weddings then births. What a glorious day when sons are born. Proud fathers go in search of the perfect toy to bring joy and happiness to the hearts of their child. They walk the isles of cap guns, water pistols, board games, and cars with nothing filling the need within.

Along the next isle, a bucket catches their interest. A tear rolls down their cheek as they stare through the clear plastic. Memories of youth return with a smile as they present their gifts. Once again mighty warriors are born, as toy soldiers go out to play.


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darlene hight10/25/04
Very nice entry! Toy soldiers, I remember my brothers playing for hours with them and then my sons and now my grandsons.
Barbara Ann Smith10/26/04
I enjoyed this read - it's amazing to watch children at play with their toy soldiers. Can you imagine what is really going through their minds?
L.M. Lee10/26/04
wonderful thoughts woven thru!
Marina Rojas10/26/04
Toy soldiers have certainly given a lot of laughter to all of us. This was a piece that I would have liked to have more of.
Teresa Lee Rainey10/27/04
Kevin, this story is really, really good. Love your style. My only question was how it related to laughter, but I did enjoy it just the same :^)
Teresa Lee Rainey10/27/04
DUH, my bad, I re-read and you clearly say that the toy soldiers bring joy & LAUGHTER to little boys! Please forgive me for my lapse of ignorance :^)
Mitzi Busby10/27/04
I enjoyed your entry. Great job!
Rita Garcia10/29/04
Kevin, Wonderful entry! Blessings, Rita
Linda Germain 10/31/04
This made me smile, remembering the movie, TOY STORY, when the plastic soldiers were trying to run, clunking along from side to side because of that plastic piece on which their feet were planted!It was so endearing ,and reminded me of watchng my brothers as well as my son givng movement to those little guys. Very touching read.