Stop For A Minute

Molly’s blogger Desperate Dad takes a moment to tell us why remembrance commemorations are so important to him and his young family… These days it's always a struggle to find a quiet few minutes. There's always so much going on.
Life often seems a blur as we stumble from day to the next, just about keeping our heads above water - if we're lucky.

But this month amongst all the usual extra-curricular activities, the dashing from pillars to posts, the swimming and the football, something special happened - something important. We remembered. November is a wonderful time of year. The season has changed, the frosts have landed, the trees are weeping their leaves and Christmas is a light at the end of a not so distant
tunnel. It's also a time of commemorations.

I was touched to see my boys proudly bringing their Royal British Legion slap bands, wristbands and poppies home from school recently. A special moment, not least because Remembrance time is something very close to my own heart, a passion that I hope will be passed on to the Dynamic Duo as the time continues to fly by. My own infatuation with remembering fallen heroes centres on a fascination with the D Day landings, cemented by my many visits to the shores of Normandy over the years. Sparked by stories of two of my great uncles's wartime experiences and that of a young lad from a Lincolnshire village, who now rests in France and whose story is forever etched into my psyche. It is all of this and more - the sacrifices made by men and women across the last century (and some), the families left behind, the conflicts, the futile waste of young lives and the (hopeful) learning from our past mistakes, which makes never forgetting to remember more
crucial today than ever.

So this month it was important for us all to stop for a moment. To think about all that we have - the past, present and future and to give thanks for the freedoms that the luckiest enjoy in the 21 st century. I’m not claiming to believe that the boys understood completely why they were being asked to be quiet even more than usual of late. That realisation will come. For now it’s enough for them to know that it matters.

At the going down of Mr. Sun and (often too early) in the morning, we will remember them.