Saturday, October 01, 2005

To be children again

This post on 365 and a WakeUp starts with all the suspense and genuine fear that one might expect of a posting from a war zone. Well written and humanitarian as always, Deputy Commander Bout reminds us of the universality (is that a word) of being a child. They are resilient, adaptive, and the biggest hope the world has if we can just manage not to corrupt them.
Their drawn faces were still awash in residual shock and fear, so I motioned them to follow me and walked them towards the HMMWV. As they waited next to the vehicle I reached into the cargo area and fished out a couple handfuls of candy and a stuffed animal. As I passed out the small presents their confused expressions melted away, replaced by wide eyed smiles. It wasn't a gradual change, it was like watching the sun break through the clouds after a long storm. SGT Bard stopped to snap a picture of their beaming smiles and then they were off like a shot, happily chirping to each another.

If only we could all go back to seeing the world through their eyes! Go read the whole thing. It is as worthwhile as always.


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