Friday, November 11, 2011
Remembrance Day 11-11-11
Pondering this holiday. Remembrance Day. Evoking confusion and sadness within. Born in Canada in the 50's to newly arrived German immigrant parents. Before reaching their teens, both left fatherless due to the war. My father frequently imparting stories at our dinner table of those horrific years. His underlying anger while describing frequent bombings, scarce resources, bloodshed, and lives lost. Often blaming the enemy. Portraying his family and friends as the victims. Truly patriotic. As a young person, all of this leaving me quite confused. Wondering about the glaring omission of the fact that his leaders had instigated that violence. Later understanding that his upbringing was yet another tragic war casualty. The children all victims of course. Subsequently noting my father and father-in-law technically enemies before my birth. The latter enlisting with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Dropping bombs overseas. My life informed by these two families on opposing sides of those circumstances. Born into one, married into the other. Leaving me somewhere in-between. Thinking of all those who have needlessly suffered in countless wars. Saving the poppies for others to wear.