The children were intrigued with the story of the Trojan Horse. This huge wooden horse, built by Odysseus and his men, was placed outside the walls of Troy and left behind as the Greek ships appeared to sail away. The Trojans, believing that they had been victorious, brought the horse through the gates of the city and celebrated late into the night. Meanwhile, back at the horse, Odysseus and some of his warriors were waiting until all was quiet in the city. Then they crept out of the horse, opened the city gates and let in the rest of the warriors who had returned to Troy. Of course they killed almost all the rest of the Trojans and burned Troy.
The story stimulated an interesting discussion about war in general. One child asked how war could be stopped so that it never happened again. I suggested that they think about that and we pursue the answer at the circle the next day.
When the children returned to the circle, David raised his hand. “I’ve thought about the Trojan War,” he said, “and this is how it could have been different.” He held up a large sheet of paper. Here, illustrated in black and white, was the Trojan Horse with Odysseus and his warriors exiting in a single file line. Their arms were raised, not in surrender, but to carry their delivery of pizzas.