Sunday, February 11, 2018

February 12th, 2018

A special Remembrance

Among other things I remember V-J Day and the end of World War 2,
and how we celebrated it.

Almost 73 years ago, and we had been married not quite three months.

I was at a friend's beach house, looking after her children
when I heard what sounded like a locomotive
roaring down the winding road that led from the highway
to the beach.

I shaded my eyes, and around the corner came our sporty yellow roadster,
(with rumble seat)
carrying two sporty looking Airforce officers
who had attached a locomotive whistle
to the exhaust of the sporty yellow car
(with wire wheels)

in celebration!!

Here is Charles, standing by the roadster that day
smiling happily.


He and his friend, a boy he had grown up with
and who had enlisted with him on the same day
in 1942
toured the town,
whistle blowing,
rejoicing.

And at the same time
grieving for the brothers
who lay buried in Europe
and would never be there to celebrate.

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Charles would have celebrated his 94th birthday today.

He lived his 88 years with enthusiasm
and commitment.
A full, rich and generous life
contributing so much during his time on earth.

And setting such a particularly fine example....

A man who 'Stayed the Course'

We miss him dearly and remember him with a precious love.


my love and tender support




5 comments:

Penny said...

Such a lovely post of love and remembrance.

Barb said...

Hildred, I love this remembrance post. I see the happiness on Charles' face as he stands beside the roadster. I like all the photos you shared. Charles and my twin grandchildren share the same birthdate. Ben and Amanda are 15 today. Bob's Dad, also a veteran of WWII, is 94 - will be 95 in April. Unfortunately, he's in failing health. Sending you hugs from CO, Hildred.

Chip Butter said...

I also love this post! What a beautiful tribute!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Precious memories. There was joy! I am so glad to have you as a blog friend and to have known Charles through your loving words.

Hildred said...

Thank you all for such kind words and thoughts, - I am so grateful to have had so many years with this lovely man!!!!!