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military-boy-waving.clipart For some reason I’ve been reminiscing about some of my funniest moments being a children’s librarian and this memory stands out. One of my favorite aspects of the job was Storytime. At the end of each June our town celebrates Family Festival Week and has all sorts of concerts, activities for kids, etc. It culminates in a Fourth of July extravaganza. One particular year we had the National Guard with a tank and some of their equipment set up on our library lawn. I took my preschoolers out after Storytime to talk to some of the soldiers. There was one in particular who was great with the kids and had no problem answering their questions. During a lull he asked one little boy named Anthony, “So. Do you want to be a soldier when you grow up?” Without missing a beat Anthony replied “Of course not. I want a real job when I grow up!” I don’t know whose face turned redder, mine or the poor National Guardsman’ s. Still, after all these years this never fails to bring a smile to my face.

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