Friday, June 15, 2007

In the Service

One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque.

It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the little boy and said quietly, "Good morning Alex."

"Good morning "Pastor, what is this?" he asked the pastor.

The pastor said, "Well, son, it's a memorial plaque to all the young men and women who died in the Service."

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque.

Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked,

"Which service, the 8:30 or the 10:45?"

(author unknown)


Jamie A. Grant said...

Great story but the title's all wrong...

David Grant said...

What would you suggest?

Jamie A. Grant said...

"In The Service" would be the obvious choice.

While the child is innocent and doesn't understand much about the war, that's hardly your point. The title could also mean that the child is asking an innocent-yet-revealing question, but the connotation is all wrong.