Monday, April 26, 2010

Will They Remember...

And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses - would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?
~~~~~Rainer Maria Rilke

Sgt. 1st Class Kris Alvey of Goose Creek, South Carolina, 1-178th Field Artillery Battalion, South Carolina Army National Guard plays with Afghan children outside a school in southern Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo by Capt. Chris G. Neeley, Public Affairs Officer

We can only hope and pray that the interactions of all 'Our Guys' with the children of Afghanistan will leave a lasting memory, and perhaps bring a smile to their faces when they think of them. It might be enough to make the good outweigh the bad.

As long as there's breath in the body, there's hope.

And so it goes......


Coffeypot said...

To win the hearts and minds, you HAVE to start with the children. Adults are steeped in their beliefs, religion and ideas. The seeds need to be planted in the kids and the new ideas stressed. It will not be done with this generation, but with help the seeds will grow in future generations.

Kanani said...

I've been reading a lot lately about the prognosis of the situation.
It isn't good.

I do think that regardless of what happens, that we were able to bring caring, healing and smiles to the children my husband and the staff took care of during their relatively short time in Asadabad.

And I think they'll remember.

Ky Woman said...

John and Kanani,

Concur... with both your statements.

Always amazed at the length of childrens' memory.

brat said...

I KNOW these children WILL remember. Trust me on this one.;)