EXPLAINED TO A 9 YR OLD SON
to a son:
day, my nine year old son wanted to
we were at war. My husband looked at our son and then looked at me.
My husband and I
the Army during the Gulf War and we
honored to serve and defend our country again today. I knew that my husband
him a good
thought for a few minutes and then
son to go stand in our front living room window. He told him:
there and tell me what you see?"
"I see trees
and cars and our neighbors houses,"
I want you to pretend that our house
yard is the United States of America and
giggled and said "OK."
I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard
on this block
is a different
country," my husband said.
"Now I want
you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out of
wife and he has her by the hair and is
her. You see her bleeding and crying. He
in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to
death. Their children
and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are watching this but
do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father. You see all
do you do?"
you do son?!"
the police, Dad."
that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen
to what you know
but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?!"
the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine.
want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place
to get involved and
should stay out of it," my husband says.
killed her!!" my son exclaims.
he did...but the police tell you to stay out
Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor
is Saddam turn around and do the
to his children."
he does. What do you do?"
the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor
to help me stop him,"
next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as
well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my
I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"
YOU DO SON?"
starts to cry.
one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and
saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and
his chest. Guess what he does next son?"
across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and
drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he
kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in
and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?!!!"
is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds,
looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him...
Daddy.....the police are supposed to help...people who needs it....and
they won't help....You always say that neighbors are
to HELP neighbors, but they won't
won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself...Daddy.....I
out my window and just watch him
these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to
I can't see what he's doing........
going to pretend that it is not
looks at our nine year old son standing
window,looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions
blinds because that man....he's at your front door..."WHAT DO YOU DO?!!!!"
My son looks
at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up this tiny fists
and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I
DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!!
DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"
I see a
tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and
hugs him tight, and cries..."It's too late to fight him, he's too strong
already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he
killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do
before......it's too late," my husband
I just gave you is WHY we are at
Iraq. When good men stand by and let
is the greatest EVIL of all. Our
is doing what is right. We, as a free
must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove this
evil man from
that we can continue to live in a free
we are not afraid to look out our
and see crimes on humanity.
my nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he
just "closes" the
the atrocities in the world won't affect him. Today the second day of "WAR
on IRAQ" I felt compelled to write this and pass it along.
you will understand the lesson
tried to teach our son.
BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS
EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!"
TO BE AN AMERICAN! BE PROUD OF
BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA!!
IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL
TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS...."
I am proud
to say that being Welsh, we here in the UK also have become involved in
this war against terrorism to the Iraq people, and want our children to
also be able to look out of their windows and see freedom, knowing that
they would if the need arose be willing to fight for it
was shared with me by my friend