TITLE: Drummer Boys
GENRE: YA -recent historical
After the events of 9-11, a father calms his teenage son who wants nothing more than to fight. Only Mike speaks but his two younger brothers are present. Mike wanted to run to NY to help with the search for survivors.
Dad spoke to all three of us. “What’s happening in New York, what happened in New York, is completely different than anything we’ve ever faced as a country. I know you’re angry. I don’t know if it’s going to get worse or get better. But what I do know is that you are all, each and every one of you, too young to be caught up in this.”
“I’m almost eighteen.”
“But you’re not eighteen yet.”
“If I was I’d be joining up already.”
“I know you would, Michael. So, all I can do is be thankful that you’re still a minor.”
“I don’t know how you can say that, dad. Our whole lives you’ve done nothing but teach us how proud we should be, how important sacrifice is. How can you now say different?”
“There’s a big difference between fighting for what you believe in and just fighting.”
“What do you mean?”
“Listen, in our history, in the battles we celebrate, there was always a reason. We fought for independence, we fought for the union, we fought against the evil of the Nazis.There was a moral reason for what we did. What makes what you're feeling different, Mike, is that what you're feeling right now is a very human reaction. You want revenge.”
“Damn right I do.”
“But we’re better than that.”
No one said anything. Mike flicked the flashlight on and off and on again.
“I’m not,” he finally whispered.