What’s the story behind your most prized possession(s)?
Welcome to the #CherishedBlogfest!
“We invite you to talk to us about one of your cherished objects.
Tell us what it is, post a picture of it if you like, and tell us why you cherish it.”
[in under 500 words]
REMNANTS OF A LIFE
My father was an officer in the Canadian army for 25 years, joining up fresh out of university. His first command as a young Lieutenant was on the front lines of the Korean War. Although not wounded physically, he returned home with malaria, white hair (at age 26; it had been dark brown when he left) and an addiction to alcohol. Never did he speak of his wartime experiences and refused to answer questions about them. He had horrible nightmares on a regular basis and I believe he suffered from PTSD, although it wasn’t recognized at the time. We weren’t all that close when I was younger, but developed more of a bond in later years. In 1987, at age 60, he was injured in a car accident and quit drinking. Following his death in 2011, I discovered a treasure trove of photos and other memorabilia from his military career, now proudly displayed in my home. Thank you for your service, Pops. I miss you!
Snippets of a military career:
Memorabilia wall in the bedroom:
Ceremonial horn, commemorating his second tour of duty in Germany, 1965-69:
Commemorative pewter mugs from Toronto, Egypt and London (L-R)
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