December 27, 2004
I bet you can all guess what happened when a blogger tried to buy toy guns
for his sons for Christmas. Think he could find any?
My friend and I were laughing the other day while I was looking at her refrigerator. She has several photos on display of her husband in Iraq, and she also has some drawings magneted up there -- I guess her husband mails home pictures he drew and then her two sons color them in. What I laughingly pointed out was how odd it would look in a non-military family to have a fridge covered in photos of Dad with his M16 and colored drawings of a soldier manning a 50cal in a HMMWV or a jet dropping bombs on buildings. But to us, those kinds of things are completely normal. My friend turned to her four year old son and asked him, "What's Daddy's job?" He gleefully replied, "Soldier!" They decided it was the coolest job a Daddy could have.
I don't have any kids to scar, but my fridge still bears my husband's zero target from the day he shot expert. I think it's awful cute.
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Hi and Merry Christmas!
I found your site via an email 2Slick sent me. I'm glad he did - love your site! I hope your holiday season is a joyous one! I also hope your loved one comes home safe and soon.
Posted by: SgtMgr at December 27, 2004 04:15 AM (vTHO8)
Sarah - the refrigerator pictures seem normal to me as I have pictures of the soldiers we sponsor on our refrigerator mixed in with pictures of the kids, etc.
Posted by: Kathleen A at December 27, 2004 07:28 AM (vnAYT)
When we were stationed at Spangdahlem, Germany, and my oldest son was in kindergarten, he used to draw amazingly intricate battle drawings using stick figures no more than a quarter of an inch tall covering a full 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper.
There would be troops in the field shooting at other armies, tanks firing, jets bombing, ships offshore shelling the coasts, and on and on. His teacher was concerned about the violence in them (flame throwers, stick figures blown up flying thru the air, machine guns cutting other stick figures in half, etc.)
We asked him about it, and he pointed to one of his most recent drawings and said, "Here is daddy's jet dropping bombs on the bad people. It's just the bad people getting blown up."
He had a good grip on what was important, so we never gave him a hard time about it. Grew up to be a great kid.
Posted by: Bugz at December 27, 2004 03:34 PM (uKuUC)
Keep that bzo sheet. I've always had trouble on the bzo exercises.
Posted by: James Sloan at December 28, 2004 12:38 AM (bCVhV)
My husband was a very brilliant child; born in 1935 he was very aware of WWII. I still have the pictures of war he drew, his mother saved all his "works" and they are of planes dropping bombs, machine guns on the wings firing away, big blasts showing on the ground, etc. I also have a photo or two that he devised of planes crashing and burning. Of course, they were not American, they were Japanese. His Dad was in the Pacific, fixing planes in Hawaii.
My own sons, born in 1959 and 1961 drew pictures of war, but more of space ships and rockets. Little boys are like that.
Posted by: Ruth H at December 28, 2004 02:38 PM (yZgeX)
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