Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

World War II

I have mentioned before that my father was a pilot during WWII and was shot down over Austria and taken as a prisoner of war.  Steve and I visited the farm where he landed, and were served fresh apple cider.   We met a woman who saw him land.  We saw pieces of his plane, Ground Happy.   I stood in the cell where he was held before he was turned over to the SS.  I found it a shaky experience to re-visit a past of which my father never spoke, and yet, I knew as I stood in that place that now hosts art exhibits, that the experience was in my genes.  I, too, parachuted out of a B-17 into a foreign land.   Ah, a robin lands on the tree outside and looks in.  Wow!

So, the site which tells of where he was taken is:    http://www.merkki.com/

My brother says there is now video footage of their evacuation from the prison in Barth, Germany of May 12-13, 1945.  It is odd to know that my father is one of those men walking by.  I'm not sure why I find this dip into the past so upsetting but I do.  Perhaps it is why I am so anti-war, and yet, my father was never bitter about his experience.  I, however cannot imagine the toll.  He would say it gave him time to read, but that was my father.  He truly saw the glass as overflowing with joy, comfort, possibility and love.  My mother did too.

I realize now that this experience brought my father what cancer brought to me.  There are many missions and many types of wars.  I wonder then why we have to create more of them since life itself seems to bring plenty of challenge, but some, like Bush, like to stir the pot with the bodies and souls of those he may never comprehend, and then, they choose what to do with the meeting of their core.

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