I was just a little girl when Mrs. Souter asked me to memorize the words to the famous poem, In Flander’s Fields.
Today, given my family background and a whole number of experiences connected to military service, I feel a real sense of respect and gratitude.
I visited with a friend briefly today. She had been crying earlier as she watched the placing of the wreaths at the Memorial in Ottawa….she took me around to her stairwell where she had a collection of old black and white photographs ….her father as a young man in the airforce. We spoke quietly in front of those photographs for a short while….and when I left her, I felt in awe again of the strength and courage of so many young people who have gone forward in order to support the ideals of democracy in the world.
One oldest-dearest friend and I have connected just the past few days. She calls me ‘Sky‘ and I call her ‘Sunshine‘. I will have to continue this blog entry at length another time in order to capture what she has meant for me in my life. Suffice it to say that we have laughed together…cried together…all of the standard cliches hold true about the sort of closeness that we share.
This morning again, I received the news that her oldest son has been shipped for the second time to Kuwait/Iraq. And she did not receive his call when he landed in Germany, as had been arranged because (get this), the phone was out of order. Sigh…I can not imagine how Sunshine is managing her heart through this…I could not risk my son for such a cause as this one.
My sister….my only sister…is such a brilliant woman. She is so strong and determined. I could go to her at anytime and she would share her perceptions and give support. She doesn’t express judgement, but has accepted where I have been in my life. I love my sister.
My sister-friends strike me as women who have always been in my life. They are intuitive and strong. Their advice is given, without strings. They are a fun bunch of people, with a zest for life. We share books and art and food and tears and long river walks. I am a better person for these people.