Stories from the Stringam Family Ranches of Southern Alberta

From the 50s and 60s to today . . .



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Those Who Mourn

The peace and freedom we enjoy in our country comes at great cost.
Paid by the precious few who place themselves in harm’s way so that we don’t have to.
But all of the sacrifices aren’t made solely by those on the front lines of the world’s conflicts.
Their families who stand firmly behind them - missing them, praying for them - pay just as high a price . . .
One of my dad’s best friends growing up was a boy named Bernard.
He was a good boy, though rather heedless and daring.
Often the instigator of mischievous deeds and pranks.
As Bernard grew older, his independent, free-spirited view of life wasn’t always understood by everyone.
In particular his father.
When Bernard was sixteen, he and his father weren’t quite seeing eye-to-eye.
That fact, coupled with the additional incentive of a country fighting a righteous war, sent young Bernard to the recruitment center.
He was a tall lad. Easily passing for the eighteen he claimed.
When his father discovered what he had done, he had the option (and the power) to march in, relate a few home truths, and bring his underage boy home. But, after some thought, Bernard’s father decided that his boy needed some discipline. And what better way to get it than by enlisting in the forces?
Bernard went through his training with little trouble. In no time, he was on his way to the battle front, eager to get into the fray.
He charged into battle with the same heedless enthusiasm that had marked his life so far.
But this wasn’t the schoolyard games he was used to.
This was war.
And on his third day, like so many others, he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
His father never recovered from the blow.
Blaming himself for failing to retrieve an underage boy, he mourned his son throughout the remainder of his life.
A tragedy in so many ways.

On this Remembrance Day, let us honour all of the men and women who made and are making our lives possible.
 Let us remember the sacrifice of those who fought and fight still.
And those who mourn them.

18 comments:

  1. Just one of so many sad, sad stories. We do mourn. For the fallen and their families...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you, Diane. Beautiful and terrible.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This story broke my heart. As the mother of a soldier who was stationed in Afghanistan I can personally tell you that it was absolutely the hardest year of my life. People ask me all the time if taking care of mom is hard...not compared to this. I was lucky my son returned in one piece so many didn't.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My son is one of two survivors from his unit and the only one unscathed. They lost the others to a roadside bomb, so I know exactly what you are talking about.

      Delete
  4. Very sad indeed. It seems that in war everyone loses something, and some lose everything.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sadly true, Jenny! And still we fall back into the same conflicts.

      Delete
  5. Heartbreaking story but truly the perfect way to drive home the true meaning of sacrifice and of Veteran's Day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's the personal experiences we need to keep remembering. The personal costs.

      Delete
  6. I enjoyed reading this one. We do need to be grateful for our Veterans. I too shared a story about my Grandfather who fought and died in World War I.
    Blessings for this one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Went over and read about your grandfather. Sooo grateful for him and the others who fought with him!

      Delete
  7. How sad for this father to have a lifetime of "if only I'd" regret.
    Most people's "if only's" are trivial, but this is heartbreaking.
    War is a horrible, horrible thing. Yet we continue to have them.

    ReplyDelete
  8. So sad and heartbreaking. Now that I have boys old enough to be drafted, I can't even imagine. I love how this remembrance day is shared all around the world.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It just brings it that much closer, doesn't it, Lana?

      Delete

Thank you for visiting! Drop by again!

All of My Friends

Daughter of Ishmael

Daughter of Ishmael
Now available at Amazon.com and .ca and Chapters.ca and other fine bookstores.

Follow by Email

Hugs, Delivered.

Compass Book Ratings

Compass Book Ratings

Ghost of the Overlook

Ghost of the Overlook
Need a fright?

Google+ Followers

Networked Blogs

My Granddaughter is Carrying on the Legacy!

My Granddaughter is Carrying on the Legacy!
New Tween Novel!

Gnome for Christmas

Gnome for Christmas
The newest in my Christmas Series

SnowMan

SnowMan
A heart warming story of love and sacrifice.

Translate

My novel, Carving Angels

My novel, Carving Angels
Read it! You know you want to!

My Second Novel: Kris Kringle's Magic

My Second Novel: Kris Kringle's Magic
What could be better than a second Christmas story?!

About the Mom

My photo

Diane was born and raised on one of the last of the great old Southern Alberta ranches. A way of life that is fast disappearing now. Through her memories and stories, she keeps it alive. And even, at times, accurate . . .

Join me on Maven

Connect with me on Maven

Essence

Essence
A scientist and his son struggle to keep their earth-shattering discovery out of the wrong hands.

Essence: A Second Dose

Essence: A Second Dose
Captured and imprisoned, a scientist and his son use their amazing discovery to foil evil plans.

Looking for a Great Read?

E-Books by Diane Stringam Tolley
Available from Smashwords.com

The Babysitter

The Babysitter
A baby-kidnapping ring has its eye on J'Aime and her tiny niece.

Melissa

Melissa
Haunted by her past, Melissa must carve a future. Without Cain.

Devon

Devon
Following tragedy, Devon retreats to the solitude of the prairie. Until a girl is dropped in his lap.

Pearl, Why You Little...

Pearl, Why You Little...
Everyone should spend a little time with Pearl!

The Marketing Mentress

The Marketing Mentress
Building solid relationships with podcast and LinkedIn marketing

Coffee Row

Coffee Row
My Big Brother's Stories

Better Blogger Network

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis
I've been given an award!!!

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award
My good friend and Amazing Blogger, Marcia of Menopausal Mother awarded me . . .

Irresistibly Sweet Award

Irresistibly Sweet Award
Delores, my good friend from The Feathered Nest, has nominated me!

Sunshine Award!!!

Sunshine Award!!!
My good friend Red from Oz has nominated me!!!

My very own Humorous Blogger Award From Delores at The Feathered Nest!

Be Courageous!


Grab and Add!

Search This Blog

Ghost of the Overlook

Ghost of the Overlook
Need a fright?