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Deep Thoughts with P.J.

July 24, 2012

PJ: Mom! If you are the last one in a war and you get all the other guys and they are all dead….
Me: Uhhm.
PJ: …and you are the very last one, and you win….
Me: …ummmm….
PJ: Do they give you a trophy?
Me: Well, if everyone else is dead, who would give you a trophy?
PJ: The person who gave you the gun.
Me: Nope. Soldiers don’t get anything. Even if they win, the people who give them guns pretty much just want them to disappear and never want to hear from them again.

Too real? This conversation was prompted by overhearing Syria coverage on NPR and due to their use of the term “Rebels,” P.J. is pretty certain something glamorous and Star Wars-like is happening somewhere.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Vicki Bozzola permalink
    July 26, 2012 5:58 am

    Emily, although you don’t know me nor I, you, I knew your mother in high school and am still in regular contact with my dear friend Christie. I found your blog while looking at some of her daughter’s writings and have enjoyed catching up on it every now and then. You have a delightful brood, and I admire your thoughtful and enthusiastic parenting.

    I was particularly interested in this exchange with P.J. I have the rather mixed blessing of teaching freshman composition to soldiers who are in the midst of the qualification course to become Green Berets. I am afraid many of them have the same misconceptions as P.J. about the trophies they are going to get from “the person who gave [them] the gun.”

    Thank you for sharing this and other moments when your children reveal to you–and your readers–some profound truths.

    • July 26, 2012 4:18 pm

      What a fascinating job! So sad to hear, though, that adults might have such similarly unreal expectations about such a horrific reality.

  2. marta permalink
    July 26, 2012 10:35 pm

    not too real. well done.

  3. Deborah Pulley permalink
    August 15, 2012 7:55 pm

    great answer

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