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A wonderful story is circulating our conservative family of blogs this morning, thanks to BlackFive, emphasized and reprinted by LittleGreenFootballs and Wizbang.

Here’s a copy of the letter that brought the wonderful story closer to home from a Marine Gunnery Sergeant in Iraq:

“Just wanted to write to you and tell you another story about an experience we had over here.

“As you know, I asked for toys for the Iraqi children over here and several people (Americans that support us) sent them over by the box. On each patrol we take through the city, we take as many toys as will fit in our pockets and hand them out as we can. The kids take the toys and run to show them off as if they were worth a million bucks. We are as friendly as we can be to everyone we see, but especially so with the kids. Most of them don’t have any idea what is going on and are completely innocent in all of this.

“On one such patrol, our lead security vehicle stopped in the middle of the street. This is not normal and is very unsafe, so the following vehicles began to inquire over the radio. The lead vehicle reported a little girl sitting in the road and said she just would not budge. The command vehicle told the lead to simply go around her and to be kind as they did. The street was wide enough to allow this maneuver and so they waved to her as they drove around.

“As the vehicles went around her, I soon saw her sitting there and in her arms she was clutching a little bear that we had handed her a few patrols back. Feeling an immediate connection to the girl, I radioed that we were going to stop. The rest of the convoy paused and I got out the make sure she was OK. The little girl looked scared and concerned, but there was a warmth in her eyes toward me. As I knelt down to talk to her, she moved over and pointed to a mine in the road.

Immediately a cordon was set as the Marine convoy assumed a defensive posture around the site. The mine was destroyed in place.

“It was the heart of an American that sent that toy. It was the heart of an American that gave that toy to that little girl. It was the heart of an American that protected that convoy from that mine. Sure, she was a little Iraqi girl and she had no knowledge of purple mountain’s majesty or fruited plains. It was a heart of acceptance, of tolerance, of peace and grace, even through the inconveniences of conflict that saved that convoy from hitting that mine. Those attributes are what keep Americans hearts beating. She may have no affiliation at all with the United States, but she knows what it is to be brave and if we can continue to support her and her new government, she will know what it is to be free. Isn’t that what Americans are, the free and the brave?

“If you sent over a toy or a Marine (US Service member) you took part in this. You are a reason that Iraq has to believe in a better future. Thank you so much for supporting us and for supporting our cause over here.”

Semper Fi,
GySgt / USMC

Teddy Bears are a personal favorite of mine and no one is ever too old to not appreciate the power of cuddling, snuggling, hugging and being hugged, but most especially it is important to human growth while we are young. Never underestimate the significance and power of being snuggled and held and comforted in the psychological wellness of human beings — toys and particularly cuddly toys such as Teddy Bears and other snuggables are really important to us as living beings and especially when we are younger.

But, most everyone knows that already. I often think that the problems in our world mostly began by some among our human race never being hugged and cuddled enough and otherwise being instructed in the language of withholding and the cruely of deprivation. A good place to begin to counter those harms is by doing exactly what these Marines write that they are and that is by sharing love and toys whenever possible. Just read those results.

(…I took a break to go hug my giant Teddy Bear, which I count myself blessed to have…)

The photograph above — an item called the “Christmas Cherished Teddy” and at only ten dollars — is from an interesting and neat online store called “Cuddly Collectibles.”

Among many great plush toys from that store, I found a George Bush, Commmander in Chief Bobble Head and other fun things.

I’d like to also suggest the “I Love Karl Rove” Bear from a CafeShop by the same name. ~;-D



  1. Two Heros

    Both of these stories are of the must-read variety:

    Hero (Say Anything)

    Cuddly Power (BIRD)

    *Tissue may be a prerequisite. (Sorry!)