Posted by: Naomi Baltuck | June 6, 2013

Today (we are all survivors)

Dear friends,
June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, the Norman Invasion, a turning point in World War II, and in many lives.  

Writing Between the Lines

We are all survivors, of our personal histories, our family lines, and of the human race.  Since the dawn of time, think of the families ended abruptly by a bullet, a spear, a club, a predator, illness, by accident and even by someone’s own hand.

Today is the anniversary of D-Day, the Normandy invasion in 1944.  It was the day my Uncle Lewis was launched onto the Normandy beaches into a cruel war.  I think it no coincidence that today is also the anniversary of my father’s death in 1965.

The day before he died, while his kids ran and laughed and played in the yard, my father planted a walnut tree—just a stick of a sapling–by the side of the house.  Did he know what he was going to do?  Did he plant that tree as his own memorial?

I hope not, because someone else is living in that…

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  1. I was 5 years old, my father stationed in Vancouver BC, a medical officer examining recruits. He tried several times to be posted overseas, but never made it. I can only imagine my mother’s anxiety and prayers that he would be overlooked. I didn’t meet my girlfriend’s physician father as he was in Europe. Her mother had her own badge of courage. If my dad had been sent to Europe, I might not have had a father sheltering, loving, and guiding me for so many wonderful years. The veterans of this war are passing on, as are their families. I just read Jodi Picoult’s novel “The Story Teller” if anyone wants to revisit some of the inside indescribable stories of this horrid war, covering the human condition of German’s as well, J Picoult writing is the best. I take comfort in knowing that life in this realm is not all there is.

  2. Dear Marion,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so glad your dad didn’t have to go. It is alarming to lose so many of our WWII veterans. I have lost too many of the army buddies I made when I attended my uncle’s 60th Old Hickory Division reunion. I will look up The Story Teller. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks so much for your visit!

  3. a horrible decade …

    • Indeed. Oh, the sad stories born of those nightmarish years.


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