A U.S. Marine, a curious Afghan boy, an unfathomable moment
September 9, 2021
One day not long ago, I watched my soon-to-be 3-year-old son jump up and down to the sound of "ho" and "hey."
It's a song by The Lumineers, an American folk-rock band. The lyrics and stomp reverberate throughout the kitchen and into the house. My son jumps on each verse that ends with a shout.
"So show me, family. Hey!" He jumps.
"All the blood that I will bleed. Ho!" He jumps.
"I don't know where I belong. Hey!" He jumps.
"I don't know where I went wrong. Ho!"
He jumps. And then, so do I.
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