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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bombs Away

“I’d catch a granade for ya.....”

Mrs. Jenny’s Saturday Centus prompt for this week could go in so many directions. I have read a few of the entries and am intrigued. Drop in over at Saturday Centus to learn all about this meme - the rules and all that. There you will find the posts that were fueled by this prompt. And don’t forget to follow Jenny on her awesome blog, “ on my tangent.”

For a variety of reasons, which I will not bore you with, I have not participated for the last two weeks, but here I am, back again!

This one was hard for me, but here goes.

Her son, Michael, was running through the house repeating the phrase, “I’d catch a granade for ya...” and making motions as though to throw something.

Jane stopped Michael as he sped through the kitchen. “Where did you hear those words?”

“Joey’s big brother has a video.”

“Do you know what a granade is?”

“’Course I do. Everybody knows it’s a little bomb that you throw at the enemy. You know, like in Iraq, where Daddy is. But if you throw it at a friend, he catches it and throws it back, like, you know, a game. Joey’s brother told us.”

“Come sit with me, Sweetheart. We need to talk.”

© cj Schlottman


Cherie said...

Good job and isn't it too true that little boys think of weapons as toys a bit too often.

5thsister said...

War isn't child's play. I'm so happy Mama is going to set him straight. This was a great read this week. I'm glad I stopped by.

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Judie said...

When Rod was a little boy in Canada, he thought the war was just beyond the hill that his father walked up every day going to work. This is an excellent post!

Nonna Beach said...

War is not a game and that is an excellent and clever Centus !!!

Gems said... many children have seen war as a game or something similar to this situation? said...

THis is a very relevant piece and so powerful. I really like the dialogue. Great work.

Poetic Justice said...

Very clever take on the prompt and so relevant to the world we live in today. Nicely done indeed. As I strolled through Toys R Us a few weeks ago, it amazed me that so many toy guns, swords, sheilds etc are still being sold. I realize they are not the real thing, but what's the message really.

Ames said...

I really liked this. Children have no concept of what is real danger.~Ames

Sue said...

Too many kids have the wrong idea about war and killing. The culture glorifies it way too much.


June Freaking Cleaver said...

That's why the grownups should lock up the guns, too...

Great reminder that kids just don't understand these serious subjects.

Bookie said...

Nice. Yet another take on war from the grenade prompt.

Anna said...

I love this!
I don't know whether to laugh or cry! My nine-year-old son has discover games over the Internet. Lots of war-games. (Which is one of the reasons why I am not as good as I have been about blogging and commenting on the posts of others; my children want to take over my computer!)
I am often there telling them that I am not happy about all of these very cruel games, etc.
The dialog in your SC-text is not far from our discussions here at home.
Well done!
Best wishes,
Anna's SC week 42 Maisy-Jane

Kat said...

This was perfect. Puts me in mind of the CSNY song "Teach Your Children". If we don't, who will? I loved this CJ, and am so happy to see you back! Kat

Nancy Jane said...

I love the fact that you made Mommy a good listener who was ready to step in and gently correct. A beautiful piece.

Karen S. said...

Nice way to go with the prompt..I'm not so big on guns myself....very nice writing too!

Jenny said...

I hope all is well with you.

This was an incredibly touching using of this prompt.

War is definitely not child's play. Your dialogue was wonderful.