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The Binch Story!

The gentleman who wrote this, Rob Suggs, is a children's author and
illustrator. He works a lot with the children at Children's Healthcare of
Atlanta. He is able to "lighten their load" through his art and story
telling therapy.

The children obviously are asking questions about the dire circumstances we are in, as well as the adults. This is what he has written to further
explain the situation to the children he is working with in the hospitals ... adapted from a classic story "How The Grinch Stole Christmas".

Every U down in U-ville liked U.S. a lot,
But the Binch, who lived Far East of U-ville, did not.
The Binch hated U.S. - the whole U.S. way!
 Now don't ask me why, for nobody can say,
 It could be his turban was screwed on too tight.
 Or the sun from the desert had beaten too bright
 But I think that the most likely reason of all
May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
 But, Whatever the reason, his heart or his turban,
 He stood facing U-ville, the part that was urban.
 "They're doing their business," he snarled from his perch.
"They're  raising their families! They're going to church!
They're leading the world, and their empire is thriving,
I MUST keep the S's and U's from  surviving!"

Tomorrow, he knew, all the U's and the S's,
 Would put on their pants and their shirts and their dresses,
They'd go to their offices, playgrounds and schools,
 And abide by their U and S values and rules,
And then they'd do something he liked least of all,
 Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small,
 Would stand all united, each U and each S,
And they'd sing U-ville's anthem, "God bless us! God bless!"
 All around their Twin Towers of U-ville, they'd stand,
and their voices would drown every sound in the land.

"I must stop that singing," Binch said with a smirk,
And he had an idea -- an idea that might work!
The Binch stole some U airplanes in U morning hours,
And crashed them right into the U-ville Twin Towers.
 "They'll wake to disaster!" he snickered, so sour,
"And how can they sing when they can't find a tower?"


The Binch cocked his ear as they woke from their sleeping,
 All set to enjoy their U-wailing and weeping,
Instead he heard something that started quite low,
 And it built up quite slow, but it started to grow --
 And the Binch heard the most unpredictable thing...
 And he couldn't believe it -- they started to sing!

 He stared down at U-ville, not trusting his eyes,
 What he saw was a shocking, disgusting surprise!
 Every U down in U-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any towers at all!
He HADN'T stopped U-ville from singing! It sung!
 For down deep in the hearts of the old and the young,
 Those Twin Towers were standing, called Hope and called Pride,
 And you can't smash the towers we hold deep inside.


So we circle the sites where our heroes did fall,
 With a hand in each hand of the tall and the small,
And we mourn for our losses while knowing we'll cope,
 For we still have inside that U-Pride and U-Hope.
For America means a bit more than tall towers,
 It means more than wealth or political powers,
 It's more than our enemies ever could guess,
So may God bless America! Bless us! God bless!


Written by: Rob Suggs
Date: September 13, 2001

(Thanks, Rob.  Adults need your story too!)

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