I woke up this morning thinking about the Holocaust… not so much that time period itself — that incomprehensible epoch in 20th century history, but rather the ongoing effect that it has on the lives of people still struggling with it today — even people who were not even born until after WWII ended! This is not something I had spent much time thinking about, and it's shocking for me to realize what a sheltered life I've been living.
Because my Dad spent 5 years of his life serving in WWII, I found myself this morning drawn back to my blog… reading the article I wrote about him on the anniversary of his death, last November 11th. reListening to The Pittance of Time and this time really watching the video… I got a whole new sense of those Veterans — who appear almost in apparition — so proudly marching up and down the aisles in the supermarket. I never noticed, before, that they aren't really there (to some) in the video, and it really drove home, to me, the haunting and long-lingering memories of the holocaust — relentlessly appearing and reappearing, throughout one's life. What an intrusion into one's life! What a violation to one's exclusive sense of self! What a barrier to moving on…
|Commenting on my "Lest We Forget" blog from November 11th, my friend mgordon06 sent me a very evocative posting that also drove home to me how different all of our life experiences are… especially around these less talked-about aspects — The Secrets Of — our lives. |
Thanks for opening my eyes, men!
|I searched for articles about WW Veterans to put here, but it was so overwhelming! Then I thought of a link to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance"… |
… Instead, listen to John Lennon's Imagine — one of my favorite songs of all time — listed now on YouTube with 5,355,167 Views. Imagine!