Thursday, 5 June 2014
I have now been on this earth in this life for 70 years. I was born two days before D-Day (the Normandy Landings on the 6 June 1944) and nearly a year before VE Day (the Allied victory in Europe on the 8 May 1945).
I don't remember much about that first year. I do remember, though, growing up in a city which had been ravaged by war. Being a major port (particularly for the West African and Trans-Atlanic trades) Liverpool suffered greatly. Large tracts of the city were wasteland where once the great buildings of commerce had stood. I should, however, be thankful. I could have been born in Dresden.
I think I am correct in saying that those of us who were born around that time have lived in the only period of 70 years when we might not have been conscripted to fight for our country or for one part of these islands against another part since the Hundred Years War (which ended around 1453) or the Wars of The Roses (1455 to 1487 between the houses of Lancaster and York). Actually some might argue that that war still goes on 450 years later.
Jaz, who started me on Thankful Thursday and my journey of prosletising my belief in being thankful and playing the Glad Game once commented on this blog "Feeling young is fabulous but growing old is a blessing!!!" Well I'm still feeling young and I'm looking forward to being old. In the meantime I shall be very very thankful that I have reached this far and am living a life that I could only at one time have dreamed of.
I wish you all happy hearts.