Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.

9.06.2005

Get out the hankies

I'm not sure whether to give Uzz a hat tip or a swift kick in the ass for this story, but it made me cry my eyes out like an infant.

It is the tale of a courageous 6-year-old who cared for his baby sibling, two toddler cousins and three neighbors' toddlers out of the chaos of New Orleans.

I won't ruin the story by giving you all the details, but have a box of tissues nearby. I broke down several times while reading the story aloud to Army of Dad. I can't imagine Hot Rod being in charge of six little kids amidst all of that.

But, people do extraordinary things when they have to.

And, I'm almost all cried out.

5 Comments:

  • At 10:21 PM, September 06, 2005, Blogger Uzz said…

    I just thought it was an amazing story of heroism by such a young child!!! I would like to think that I would have the nerves that kiddo had given the same circumstances. I think Mini-Uzz (Pickle) would probably be asking where the local Game Stop was.

     
  • At 8:24 AM, September 07, 2005, Anonymous Tinkerbobbi said…

    Thanks for sharing this story with us. Katrina has been such a horrible thing and it is so nice to hear amazing stories like this. BTW I really enjoy your blog. I am a mother of three boys ranging from 3 1/2 to 4 months and have enjoyed the heck out of your blog.

     
  • At 9:05 AM, September 07, 2005, Blogger Gadfly said…

    How did it go from helicopter ride to walking in the streets

    Jesus H!

     
  • At 9:07 AM, September 07, 2005, Blogger Army Wife said…

    I think some adults could learn lessons from this "child".....

     
  • At 9:49 AM, September 08, 2005, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Gadfly - I couldn't make up my mind if the reporter did a bad job on the story and failed to mention this child was walking around a shelter - think about it - people would just assume the parents are nearby. Or if the soldiers dropped the kids by the shelter or whoever and no one followed up immediately by snagging the kids.

    And, Tinkerbobbi - thanks for coming by and the kind words.

    Armywife - you're right. If more adults were this responsible, there would be less sadness in the world.

    and, Uzz, I think Pickle would step up if he had to. He's done it before in a semi-crisis situation and been great. We have the powers within us, we just seldom tap them.

     

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