When I Grow Up

Buddy really enjoyed Halloween this year. About 6 months ago he decided he wanted to be a soldier for Halloween. We readily agreed to his choice, but he had a few parameters to keep in mind.

“Mom, I don’t want a cheap, tv-like costume. I want to look like the real thing. I don’t want to do it if I cant’ do it right.”

So we looked around and finally found “the real thing” at the local army surplus store. His excitement was contagious. When he finally got to put the uniform on yesterday, he looked every bit the miniature soldier.  Once he was dressed he said:

“Mom take a picture, this is what I will look like when I grow up. Cause I’m going to be a soldier.”

If he follows through with his plans I will be a proud mom.

Tonight we go to our dentist’s candy buy back. Where you turn in your Halloween candy so it can be put into care packages for the soldiers overseas. They do this through Operation Gratitude. (If you live in the Columbia area, it is at Keene Dental Care, 811 N. Keene Street from 3:30-7pm.) You can choose to include a special message as well. We are including the pictures attached to this post and the following message (per Buddy):

“Thank you for your service. Our prayers are with you.”

Because in his words:

“We need to let them know we care and haven’t forgotten them.”

He is wise beyond his years. I only hope I can keep up.

~ by blacktoprhoades on November 1, 2010.

4 Responses to “When I Grow Up”

  1. That’s a really great story. I had no idea about the care packages of Halloween candy for soldiers. He looks so proud!

  2. WOW! What an amazing young man you have. I can only imagine the pride you have being his mommy!

  3. Awww & you even managed to get a few good pics of him. How sweet.

  4. Tell Buddy that is great aunt Ellen is very proud of him for doing the candy trade in and his message to the soldiers. He is a very special boy and with his wisdom not young.

    love Aunt Ellen

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