….Nothing is lost.
I have a box of postcards which were acquired by my Dad whilst serving in the Royal Armoured Corps during WWII. He spent much of his time in the Netherlands and in Belgium. He died just before my 13th birthday, and although I now know something of what he did, in truth I don’t recall how much of this he actually told me, and how much I learned after his death, as I became older. Last weekend I walked a little in his footsteps as I visited Ghent in Belgium….
I cannot reconstruct a past that is not my own
I can only imagine what you might have witnessed
Maybe if I had been older I would have asked you more
Instead, I hoped that I was standing where you might once have been
And despite being separated by decades, we might have seen the same things
[JC: For Lance Corporal R D Callaway, Royal Armoured Corps]