Reenactors’ kids have got to be about the happiest children on the planet

This photo's from the Vyatka Guards festival in June 2011, near Moscow Russia. The little boy – his name's escaping me – spent the the entire day running around with a little wooden sword and shield after watching his dad's friends fight in the little battles. When he took on three larger boys and got trounced, he ran over to my husband, gave him the sword and shield, and then hid behind him. It was adorable. Tony pulled him back around, showed him how to hold the sword better, and sent him running off once his confidence was back.

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