Monday, November 16, 2009

Toys for Tots

What all schoolchildren learn
Those to whom evil is done

Do evil in return

--September 1, 1939
, W. H. Auden


Canadian reader tw sent us the above photo on Veteran's day with the following description:

In Canada they call Veterans Day, Remembrance Day. The kids in RVN deserve remembering as veterans, too. They had it forced on them. Here's one of their toys.

The Bud can has a empty cartridge wound in a rubber band with a bamboo trigger. Pull the trigger and rat a tat tat you had an M-16. The pistol at the bottom of the pic is made of crate strapping or banding. Roll the spring mechanism back and put it under the handle. Put a stone on top and squeeze the handle and voila! A pistol that shoots stones. (These toys compliments of our interpreters who just loved the kids)

Maybe you've seen them. The toys of a war zone. That's a sad commentary on something! (No wonder they had no problems making booby traps.) They deserve status as vets, too, though.

Thanks, tw.



Anonymous tw said...


I probably shouldn’t have used the term “status as vets” as it implies a military connotation and my train of thought was more in line with veterans of the war or just deserve remembering. Anyway, I’m sure most vets have memories of the locals. Looking at this photo on “Remembrance Day” put a smile on my face and brought back a few good ones yet caused me to ponder the plight of children in war zones. More memories.

I’m sure that for many of us out there, for good or for bad, Remembrance Day comes more than once a year.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 3:26:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read the article. Thanx for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 9:07:00 AM GMT-5  
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 7:52:00 PM GMT-5  

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