A thought for Remembrance Day

14 Nov

Remembrance Day has come and gone in Canada (as has Veteran’s Day in the States), but this was something interesting that I was wanting to post up that appeared in the November 8th issue of the Outlook, the weekly newspaper I work at.

From The Friendship Book of Francis Gay, 2002
Monday, December 2

During the Second World War, Jennifer Stanley was a child who was a patient in a little cottage hospital in Lincolnshire.

On the wall opposite her bed, someone with an offbeat sense of humour had hung Jennifer’s gas mask.  She was very ill; she wouldn’t eat; and she didn’t seem to be interested in anything, until one morning a little dove flew through the window and landed on the gas mask.  Then it popped inside.  Later, the dove flew out of the window again and vanished.

Every morning for three weeks the dove returned to the gas mask, and Jennifer, with something to hold her attention, began to perk up.  Three dove’s eggs were found inside that gas mask a couple of weeks later.

That dove had unwittingly used the ugly symbol of war as a cradle for new life – and in the process had helped a little girl back to health and happiness.


Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Life, randomness


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2 responses to “A thought for Remembrance Day

  1. rowdy yeats

    November 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Remembrance DAY… Remember this day, or that day… Sounds like,…
    the trees, the lovely trees… Forests over people… Sounds cruel… Why
    not a “take a war vet out to coffee day” rather? But then you might discover
    you have little in common with that person… If you were a soldier in WW2, would
    you want to be fighting alongside a guy who writes poetry?… In “faggity fields”
    the pappies blew, row by row… Poppies, they seem soo effeminate… Did the war
    vets die so that sodomites could take out marriage licenses?

  2. Tim

    November 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Wow, that’s… pretty ignorant, really. On the one hand, Remembrance Day does get a little over done. Too much is spent considering those who died in the line of duty and nothing on civilian casualties (Afghanistan, for example) Remembrance Day should be more about everyone who died during armed conflict.

    As for your… colourful example of poppies… I’ll go out on a limb and say you’re a redneck who thinks your freedoms are worth fighting for but nobody else’s. That’s a two way street, sir. Yes, soldiers died in the line of combat so you could spout bigoted views, but they also died in combat to allow me the freedom to call out your homophobic hate speech.


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