“I know. My daddy helped your daddy, too,” echoed Ivy.
“My mom said that when you’re a soldier you can die.”
“I know. A soldier can die like my daddy did,” Ivy whimpered.
“Don’t cry, Ivy, our daddys are together. They can still help each other in heaven.”
“I know. My daddy was a good soldier,” Ivy said with tears falling.
“Maybe, we can be soldiers when we grow up. We can be soldiers together. A soldier keeps people safe.”
“I know,” Ivy mumbled. “But, I want my daddy back.” “He was my best friend.”
2015©written by Isadora De La Vega
Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 was Veterans Day.
It’s a day to say ‘Thank You’ to all of the men and women who have served in wars to help maintain our freedom.
Children suffer the ravages of war in ways which effect them their entire lives. They are often forgotten. The loss they feel should not be minimized. They are the innocent victims.
To those who have come home to us, we praise you for your bravery.
To those who have not survived the ravages of war, we honor you for your bravery and for giving us the freedom we are able to enjoy today and everyday.
May your souls rest in peace.