#FF — The Price of Freedom


PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

On summer afternoons, teenagers walk past, laughing and chasing each other, most times oblivious of our existence as anything other than a pile of rocks. Occasionally one will say, “Look at that pile of rocks!”

How cavalier young people of today are! They wouldn’t believe it if we told them there were times when ten-year-olds were put to work in factories in wartime and were happy to bring home a quarter to feed their family for a day.

They don’t realize that each rock piled stands for one life given in battle; our spirits watch them – and smile.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Dec 13

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the swimmingly hospitable host of Friday Fictioneers.

44 Comments Add yours

  1. Merry Christmas to you. Thank you🎄🌟

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Merry Christmas, Suzette, and you are welcome 🙂

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  2. badfinger20 says:

    Hope you have a great Christmas Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max, my kids and their SOs just left and it was a great Christmas. We played two brand new games that were a lot of fun. Hope yours was Merry as well.

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        So glad you had a good one as well. We will be back to playing Yahtzee this weekend. Love board games.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Here are the two new games. I got the first one as a gift and one of my sons got the other one: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/259081/machi-koro-legacy and https://whatdoyoumeme.com/

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          1. badfinger20 says:

            The Machi Koro Legacy looks really cool…The second one looks good but that first one looks like an adventure.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sorry Saania, just found your comment in my spam folder. Merry Christmas, my friend!

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      1. No problem, happy new year 😇

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  3. Sadje says:

    A poignant piece.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Steve.

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  4. neilmacdon says:

    If there’s a cairn, someone has built it (rocks don’t blow themselves into piles). If someone’s done work, they’ve done it for a reason. Every pile must have a history and a meaning

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your educational and thoughtful comment, Neil.

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  5. Dear Lisa,

    Poignant and well written. We shouldn’t forget the sacrifices. I liked the point of view you chose.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you for your thoughtful and kind comment.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  6. Simply lovely and we all tend to forget so easy.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jim, thank you and yes we do.

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  7. Lovely sentiment. How grand if it were true, but every generation forgets. The warmongers always have their way, as they have since ancient times.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The irony is that it is never the warmonger or their kin who die. I wish the soldiers would one day just say no.

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      1. pennygadd51 says:

        Serving soldiers aren’t given the choice of saying no. They must say no before serving. I am so glad my son didn’t want to join the military.

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  8. Dale says:

    They don’t know unless we teach them.
    Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dale, thank you, and I agree about teaching them.

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  9. Nobbinmaug says:

    If the youth knew the horrors of war and sacrifice necessary, if it were more than a cool video game, who would fight the next one or the next one or the next one or…?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very good question, Nobbin.

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  10. Anita says:

    If spirits could speak, the visitors will be better aware 🙂
    Nice story.

    The Monument – Anita

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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  11. plaridel says:

    sometimes i wonder, if it’s worth the sacrifice.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m sure there are ways to avoid war if humans would/could stop their evil ways.

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  12. A perfect story to go with this memorial. It reminds me of the young people who were taking selfies at the holocaust memorial without any thought about why it was important to have a memorial!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Alicia, yes, the memories of war fade…

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  13. Carol Anne says:

    so true! Young people of today have it so easy!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      In many ways, yes, they do.

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  14. draliman says:

    Let’s hope they don’t become one of those rocks one day.

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  15. pennygadd51 says:

    I like your story. I’m sure the spirits would smile to know their sacrifice had enabled their children to live in peace.

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  16. granonine says:

    So many teens have had their carefree lives stolen from them by war, death, poverty. This is a fitting memoriam to them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your thoughtful comment, Linda ❤

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  17. Sandra says:

    Poignant, and never a more appropriate time of the year to reflect on it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sandra.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Laurie.

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