My parents were children during World War II. Uncles and my mother’s brother left for war. Stars were taped to front room windows waiting for their return. My mother remembers how her household held their breath as a uniformed delivery man brought her young aunt a letter. The letter reported her husband was gravely injured. Although they could breathe a sigh of relief, it took months for him to recover enough to be sent back to the war with one eye and a shattered jaw.
The Vietnam War raged while I was growing up. It was the first war that played out in color on living room television sets and the front pages of the newspapers. When I was in the 5th grade, a classmate’s brother was killed in action and another’s father was missing in action. I remember my aching heart as I watched these boys grieve at their school desks.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
Pray for Peace
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