My World Tuesday: Another Kid

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Often I get my current events from our custodian who raises the flag every morning. The days he stops the flag half way up the pole, I'll ask, "Who now?"

"Another kid in [name someplace]," is always the answer.

It's tough to pass through the front doors and head up the stairs knowing a percentage of the kids who sit in my classroom could become cannon fodder. Indeed, many of the boys who have been in my classes have expressed a desire to serve in the military. I think that's great when it's the best of a lot of choices and not the only real choice. Our flag in mourning makes me work harder to educate these kids straight into the genuine freedom of choice.

(The above shots are from Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The first image captures the graves of unknown soldiers.)

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  1. Your post for the day isn't showing up, are you having some computer problems? Hope not, they are a real pain in the whatever!!


  2. Ah, now I can see it! And what a great and very moving post it is! I remember feeling much the same way when I was teaching. Thanks for sharing, Sandy! Enjoy your day!


  3. This is a sobering post. We definitely need to remember these 'kids' who put their lives on the line to protect all of us.

  4. and I am greatful to each and everyone of them, past and current

  5. Anonymous5:39 PM

    what an impressive sight. bleached a bit me mind, thank you.

    please have a good tuesday.

    daily athens

  6. fyi your posts don't show up for readers if you are working on them after posting them. I get that all the time as I go back in to correct spelling, etc. There are many kids who have died in giving service to their and years ago.

  7. Sigh.. I think about this each and every day with my military son. I try not to worry too much.. not yet, anyway.

  8. You said that well, Sandy. It makes my heart drop a few inches when I hear of another kid going down for heaven knows what.

  9. well Sandy that was poignant and I like your attitude to help and change

  10. Somewhere in the world some mother's son is lost, someone's brother gone, someone's father never to return. A sad, sobering thought.

  11. Anonymous11:58 PM

    Amazing shots - that first one is very powerful.

  12. Beautiful, yet melancholic images.
    I guess many think the same way as you do. Even here I get affected by the stories of young Danish men that never return home from the line of fire...

  13. Great post with wonderful shots. Military is one establishment that commands lot of respect.

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  15. Your kids are lucky to have you Sandy. You care not only about getting through the day, week, year but their lives. You are a treasure trove in their lives.

  16. Beautiful, yet melancholic images.

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

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  17. Touching...
    wish all this would stop.

  18. Sad thoughts. God bless our children

  19. This is very sad.
    Sadder still are the kids who get killed on the street for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Our community still has police everywhere and they are walking door to door asking people who batted our little Laura in the head and killed her.
    She was walking through a little forest to see a football game at around noon.
    That is the third time someone was assaulted around here with a bat.

  20. You have my solidarity, Sandy.

    Strange, but my Tuesday post
    is also about local boys
    who went to war.

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki, my friend

    Comfort Spiral

  21. Thank you for this post. I feel the same way the mornings I make the turn on the highway and see way up on the hill our flag at half mast. My heart sinks those mornings as I sit there in traffic watching it blow about in the wind.

    No doubt your kids will learn lots from your words.

    Beautiful, yet sobering photos.

    Thank you, as always for sharing.

  22. And the flag outside our school has been at half-staff for a while now. It saddens me.

  23. Anonymous4:38 PM

    Love not war

  24. I think it would be sad to be reminded daily like that, then again we should all think of it more often. Many of the weddings we shoot have military people, young boys, children, and I worry about them all the time, I worry for their new spouses - so far they are all still safe. One gets deployed again this month.

  25. Every picture tells a story. Some of them unbearably sad....

  26. In the Navy, we used to hoist the flag all the way to the top of the yardarm or flag pole, and then lower it to half mast on the mornings when we were commemorating the dead.

    It always seemed to me like the flag all the way up was our country saluting our people; and then, it was like the country bowed its head in honor of the deceased, and then kept it bowed the rest of the day. At sunset, the flag went back up to full staff, where it paused, and then we lowered it for the night.

    It was always special, silent and to me, very moving.



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