W is for War

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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8 thoughts

  1. My mother talked often about the war and had many stories. Her brother was killed in WWII… breaking her mother to the point that she withdrew from life. I graduated n 1970, married in 71… then I began hearing how a few of my classmates had died.

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  2. I’m currently reading No Parachute by Arthur Gould Lee, he was a fighter pilot in WWI and the book is compiled from his letters to his wife and his diary. It’s an amazing and harrowing read and I can only thank God that I’ve never had to go to war.

    Visiting from Facing The Mountain

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  3. Thankfully I never had any close personal connection with any wars. My father was in the Navy during WW2 but they apparently saw more value in him as a basketball player on the Navy team and they kept him in the states other than a brief excursion on ship to Northern Africa during which he spent most of his time in sick bay with seasickness.

    The Korean War was going on when I was born and wars have been going on throughout my lifetime, most notably Viet Nam which I managed to avoid by going to college. I would not likely have done well in a war environment.

    War is such a waste, but I don’t guess humans will ever stop having these senseless wars. Keep me out of these things if at all possible.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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