Today, December 7th, is Pearl Harbor Day. I think of the children and their families on that day, caught up in the excitement of Christmas, only to have their lives abruptly changed. Suddenly Santa must have been a far away thought. Could they decorate a tree with the spirit of Christmas? What gave them strength to keep going, one step at a time?
The American flag must have been a powerful symbol of strength. I wonder if children made flags that Christmas. Children in my class often make flags. There is always strength in doing so.
Today I think of those children and their families, seventy-eight years ago.