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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Too Young

Okay, I know it’s Wednesday, but Jenny really does give us a week to write and publish our posts. Right? I missed all of you last week while I was in Aix-en-Provence with Zona Rosa, my writer’s workshop since 1997. I have to confess that I did not have time to either enter a post or read those that you all wrote. I hope to find time in the near future to read and comment.

If you are here, you probably know the rules for Jenny Matlock’s Saturday Centus, but in case you are new, please click on the Saturday Centus button on my sidebar. Also, please try to read all of the entries and make a small comment. Most posts that are entered late in the week seem to get left behind.

Jenny also has a wonderful personal blog, “...off on my tangent...” Drop by and find out how awesome she is!

This week’s prompt is "The legacy of heroes..." I am taking this prompt in the spirit of Memorial Day, when we honor our fallen heroes who made this country a safe and free place to live.

So, here is my Centus for this week.




Timmy stood on the sidewalk watching the parade slide by. An American flag in his chubby hand, he waved it with vigor, and when he tired, he let the flag fall to his side and affected a salute or placed his right hand over his heart.

“Mommy, why is this parade so important?”

“Well, Timmy, it’s important to remember the legacy of heroes, the people who died in war to keep America free.”

“You mean like Grandpa, who died in Vietnam?”

“Yes, Darling, and like Uncle Jim, who died in Afghanistan.”

“Mommy, will I have to go to to war and die, too?


© cj Schlottman

2 comments:

Sue said...

Poignant and powerful.

Good job, CJ.

=)

Jenny said...

Oh. This made me want to weep. In this case the legacy of heroes is one that makes me sad.

Your writers workshop seems to have made your writing mojo even stronger.

This was magical.