Smashed Windshield

His windshield has been smashed twice.  He says to me:  “I think it may have to do with my bumper sticker.”  The sticker reads:  Proud Parent of a Conscientious Objector.  He says, “I’ve had people confront me in the supermarket parking lot and demand I remove my sticker.  One angry father said, ‘my kid is risking his life for your kid, and your kid is a coward’.   I try to put myself in the shoes of the other parent who worries over their son or daughter far from home, risking their life for a cause they believe in.  I just ask that my son’s conscience is respected and that my right to stand with my child is respected too.”

“My son says that I should remove the bumper sticker.  He says, ‘Dad, this is my choice, not yours.’  He reminds me that I served in the first Gulf War.  Yet, I remind him, that courage is courage, whether it is expressed on the battlefield or by standing apart because of one’s conscience.”

He pauses and rubs the exhaust and dust off the bumper sticker:  Proud Parent of a Conscientious Objector.  “It’s worth a few smashed windshields to stand with my son.  Courage is courage.”

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