Tuesday, 11 November 2008

'Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, at the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them'.

Another Armistice Day. That 2 minute silence really focuses the mind on whats is important and whats not.

Theres me wishing I could have a nice new ceiling light, and there was one I really liked in Leroy Merlin for 'only' 140€, it becomes so totally un-important when one thinks about the reason behind Armistice Day.

I am so lucky. I have never been through a war. Never sent my husband off to battle not knowing if he would return. Never had to go through rationing or be evacuated. I have got my health, my husband, a lovely home and garden with my animals all around me. I have my family and my friends and we are all safe and warm.

I really don't need that light after all.


Maggie May said...

I was born in the last war but have no memories of it. I dare say things would have been different if we had not won it & I might not have been here today, no doubt.
Thanks to all those who did sacrifice their lives in order to protect us and also the ones still doing it.

Your post makes you stop & think, doesn't it?
Very sensitively written.

Debra in France said...

Hi Maggie, my mum was born in 1932 and remembered the war. Being born and growing up in North London she would tell us of the V1 and V2 bombs flying over. How you would hear the sound of the motor and then it would go silent, and you knew it was falling to the ground.

She was evacuated to Oxfordshire and told how much she missed her mum and dad, how the woman she stayed with wasn't very nice to her. It breaks my heart thinking of an adult not being nice to a little girl away from her family.

I do think that as a society we need to look back at the sacrifices those people made in order to give us the lif of freedom that we all have now.

aims said...

Today always has me in tears. I cry and cry for those who have given their lives for us. And for how stupid and senseless war can be and how it takes all our young and chews them out and spits them back all broken and lifeless.

Bless them for giving so much so that we can have our freedom - and yes - even our dreams.

Stinking Billy said...

debs, there is a lot to be said for having been through a war and rationing, etc.- for those of us who survived it, that is. However, you are right to feel that each Armistice Day puts our present day lives into context. Or it should.

Debra in France said...

Hi aims, it always makes me cry too. At the Cenotaph in London there were the 3 remaing British survivors of WW1. One of them was 112 years old! All the things, good and bad that he has seen in his life. He and his friends gave up everything to give us a future.

Hi Billy, you have a point there. People who have been through such a terrible time have learned to appreciate things much more than people today. Although I haven't been through a war, just hearing about from my mum and grandparents makes me think about how lucky I am.