Memorial Day & Nostalgia

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A bit overcome with nostalgia this morning. I was watching someone’s tribute to WWII veterans, who are passing on at a rapid rate now. It made me think of my Father and my Mother. My Father was a quiet, unassuming man, my Mom the more animated one of the duo. Their life’s journey and all they had endured was not lost on me as a youth: early life abuses and hardship, the Depression, the war (WWII) and their partnership through the years of combat, distance and waiting, later their building a life together pay check to pay check. But, I only knew what I knew from brief overheard conversations with others.

Through all those years, I never once sat down and talked to my Father about his thoughts, feelings or memories of those years away and what he saw, what he felt. And, he didn’t offer it up…he had just gone on with his life. Now, as an older man, I think I recognize that my Father had his demons. It reaffirms my admonition, once again, establish the connection with your parent. Awkward at first perhaps…but more awkward than the lost opportunities to discover?

11 Responses to “Memorial Day & Nostalgia”

  1. May 27, 2015 at 10:56

    a very emotional post… got me very nostalgic too…

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  2. May 26, 2015 at 07:32

    I have always been a little “afraid” to ask my grandfather about his time in the Army during WWII. Just afraid to bring up bad memories for him. I still would love to hear his stories.


    • May 26, 2015 at 07:49

      I have to believe even any conversation about his youth, the war, Army life, after Army life would be well received…just to have someone want to know about your feelings. May or may not flow well, but there would may be some enjoyable thread of conversation.


  3. May 25, 2015 at 23:50

    I do agree. My father talks more now than he did. But there is an emotional cost for the talker and the listener. And, in the end, I wonder how many of the words will be remembered anyway. I suspect it may simply be the memory of sitting side by side that will stay with us.


  4. May 25, 2015 at 23:14

    thank you for your wise words, dear man. xxx


  5. May 25, 2015 at 10:14

    So moving and important on this day!


  6. May 25, 2015 at 09:09

    Very true Gary. The problem often is, who can/should take the initiative?


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