My grandfather asked if I was going to put in my name. Your decision, he said.
It’s selective I said, so that poor people like us enter our names to be possibly killed in a war. Not many rich kids doing that.
He looked me hard in the face, which was unusual for him, being a soft-hearted and loving man.
What you are doing is selecting the service, he replied. That says more about you than any rich kid just sitting on his ass.
But if you don’t, he continued, what does that make you.
Ron Burch‘s short stories have been published in Mississippi Review, Cheap Pop, Pank and others. He’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his first novel, Bliss Inc., was published by BlazeVOX Books. Please visit www.ronburch.com.