Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Dad was a man who was able to squeeze out a bit of life in a brief span of time on earth. He was a good boy and after enlisting during WWII he saw action in the European theatre. So I guess words to describe him might be cheated of his youth, adaptable, a sense of justice, an unselfish giver, and a serious drinker. He was the kind of character who gets written into novels. People love them but would not chose to live as they have.
His dad was a hard man who himself was cheated out of his career by a seminary school master who had designs on him but got a punch in the nose for attempting to use him. Yes we can learn a lot from our fathers and we can have that knowledge first hand, we do not need to have it interpreted to us by an intermediary, or a historically inaccurate story book as all religions profess is the way to go. I do not need to go back many generations to find something of value in my family to honour.
This November 11th take a minute to consider what your ancestors achieved in your existence.