War (guitar, guitar) what is it good for……

Today marks 100 years since the start of World War One. Below is a photo of Luis seeking out the name ‘Summersby W.T’, his great great great uncle who gave his life in the great war, on Victory Arch in Waterloo station when we visited London this summer.

WW1 is a subject close to my heart. You see, my great great grandmother lost her 4 brothers over the course of the war. 4 brothers lost in 4 years. I grew up hearing the story every November on remembrance Sunday. How my great great great grandmother collapsed at the bringing home of the unknown soldier to London, knowing it could be one of her four sons all of whom perished in France.

My degree dissertation was about WW1 memorials and I took Luis around the battlefields in France as part of my research. As a 14 month old he toddled around rows and rows of brilliant white headstones. The graves of boys sometimes as little as 16 years older than him. He didn’t understand of course, being a baby himself, but I could not stop thinking about the huge loss of life. 100 years ago young men enlisted in their hundreds to go to war and fight ‘the enemy’, mums waved off sons, brothers waved off brothers, wives waved off their husbands, and children waved off their Dads. Many never came back and it gets me every time I think about it.

One of the many Commonwealth cemetery’s on the Somme taken in 2007.

You see, I have two sons, and I cant imagine it being 1914, 1939, 2001 or even 2014 and having to kiss them goodbye to go off and fight in a war.

Explaining the politics behind WW1 is easy for me, I studied it in great length, and I can give an equal sided potted history of it – as I can for WW2 and as I almost can for Anglo-Irish relations (im still reading up!). I can even explain the politics behind Gaza to my children in a factual and equal sided way and one that is age appropriate for them. But putting a human face on any of those events is hard for me, gut wrenching even, as I imagine it is for many people, it is somewhat worse now I am a mum and wife myself. I look at the faces of my children and try and think of them going off to fight, or even being with them and having their lives put in danger because of politics, and I just want to cry.

the preserved trenches at Vimy Ridge

After watching the news a few nights ago with the kids -bedtime is non existent at the moment-  which obviously raised lots of ‘whats happening in the world’ type questions, I showed Luis (who is 8) this video which has been doing the rounds online . I questioned him about how he felt after watching it, who he thought was right, and who he thought was wrong. We then read this article on a Jewish family blog.  I questioned him again and his answers changed. We talked about how in any battle there are always two sides, and how while you may strongly believe one side is right and just that you should always remember there are people on the other side feeling exactly the same but for the opposite cause.

I am proud that my ancestor fought in World War One, yes, but at the same time I am sorry that he lost his life for a short lived peace.  That’s the problem with war, it rarely brings long lasting peace, or it brings peace with huge ramifications for the future. I tell my children how much I love them, I hold on to them, and I tell them about this amazing world we live in, about the people that live in it,  and how essentially be it English, Irish, German, Israeli, Palestinian – the human aspect is the same, we are mothers, fathers, brothers,sons, sisters and daughters.

Luis and I at the Menin Gate. There’s that vintage backpack again!

I hope that as they grow up they try and focus more on the human aspect, and not so much the political. I hope they will look at history to understand how it shapes our today, and what we can learn from it.

Today I packed my two sons off to Soccer camp, its just another day, they have no idea what happened 100 years ago today, or that last night in Gaza children just like them died. Tonight if we watch the news together again I will show Luis the pictures of him at the battlefields, I will answer the new round of questions I’m sure he will have, and I will cuddle him extra tight.

109 thoughts on “War (guitar, guitar) what is it good for……

  1. g says:

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all
    of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Does one offer
    guest writers to write content to suit your needs?

    I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a
    few of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome web site!

  2. g says:

    Hi to every body, it’s my first visit of this webpage; this website includes awesome and actually fine data in favor of readers.

  3. g in says:

    Excellent way of describing, and fastidious post to obtain data about my presentation focus, which i am going to present in academy.

  4. g what says:

    Good web site you have got here.. It’s hard to find high-quality writing like yours
    these days. I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

  5. g use says:

    Just want to say your article is as astounding. The clearness on your submit is just great and i could assume you are
    knowledgeable on this subject. Fine along with your permission allow me to take hold of your RSS feed to keep updated with impending post.
    Thanks 1,000,000 and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  6. https://tinyurl.com/rsacwgxy g says:

    I have been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts in this sort of area .
    Exploring in Yahoo I finally stumbled upon this website.
    Reading this information So i am happy to convey that I have a very excellent
    uncanny feeling I came upon just what I needed. I so much surely will make sure to don?t disregard this
    web site and give it a glance on a constant basis.

  7. cbd oil that works 2020 says:

    I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly very often inside case you shield this increase.

  8. cbd oil that works 2020 says:

    I’m really enjoying the design and layout of your website.
    It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me
    to come here and visit more often. Did you hire
    out a developer to create your theme? Fantastic work!

  9. cbd oil that works 2020 says:

    Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided
    to check out your blog on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the knowledge you present here
    and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell
    phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, great blog!

  10. Intuit Quickbook says:

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog posts by you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own blog now 😉

  11. Online Viagra says:

    Leading Online Pharmacy – Contact us at +1 (917) 259-3352 for unbelievable rates, discount and offers on any medicine. Get it delivered free of cost at your door steps, call us today. Phone : +1 (917) 259-3352

  12. Investments says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who was conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this issue here on your web page.

  13. Blogs for SEO says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this site needs a great deal more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more, thanks for the info!

  14. cbd gummies says:

    I am the owner of JustCBD label (justcbdstore.com) and I’m presently seeking to broaden my wholesale side of business. I really hope that someone at targetdomain is able to provide some guidance ! I thought that the most effective way to do this would be to talk to vape stores and cbd retail stores. I was really hoping if someone could suggest a qualified website where I can purchase Vape Shop Business Lists I am already taking a look at creativebeartech.com, theeliquidboutique.co.uk and wowitloveithaveit.com. Not sure which one would be the very best option and would appreciate any support on this. Or would it be simpler for me to scrape my own leads? Suggestions?

  15. ndoherty.com says:

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to return once again since i have saved as a favorite it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  16. diet for heart disease says:

    I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog. I’m hoping to see the same high-grade blog posts from you in the future as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own site now 😉

  17. website host says:

    Hey! Do you know if they make any plugins to protect against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve
    worked hard on. Any tips?

  18. best web hosting company says:

    Greetings from California! I’m bored to tears at work
    so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during
    lunch break. I enjoy the information you present here and can’t
    wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick
    your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..
    Anyways, great blog!

  19. Lesia Olpin says:

    Hi, There’s no doubt that your site could be having internet browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine however, when opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Besides that, wonderful blog!

  20. manzi says:

    Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this content together. I once again find myself personally spending a significant amount of time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!|

  21. Online Slots and Three Reel Slots says:

    Greetings, I do think your site could be having web browser compatibility problems. Whenever I take a look at your web site in Safari, it looks fine however, if opening in IE, it has some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, great website!

  22. go x app says:

    An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you should write more about this issue, it may not be a taboo matter but usually people do not discuss such subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!

  23. website host says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time
    a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment.
    Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Thank you!

  24. Blogger Task says:

    After I initially commented I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I receive 4 emails with the same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

  25. Classified ads, says:

    Its such as you learn my thoughts! You appear to grasp so much approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I feel that you simply could do with some percent to power the message house a little bit, but instead of that, that is fantastic blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.|

  26. Scopiers says:

    Everything is very open with a precise description of the issues. It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  27. web hosting company says:

    Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging
    on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It will always be interesting to read through articles from other writers and use something from their websites.

  28. flight search says:

    My brother suggested I may like this web site.
    He was entirely right. This post truly made my
    day. You can not imagine simply how a lot time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  29. priceline cheap flights says:

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this submit was
    once great. I don’t recognize who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous
    blogger if you happen to are not already.
    Cheers!

  30. נערות ליווי בקריות says:

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You appear to grasp so much approximately this, such as you wrote the e book in it or something. I think that you just could do with some p.c. to power the message home a little bit, however other than that, that is wonderful blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.|

  31. adreamoftrains website hosting companies says:

    Just wish to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity for your publish is simply spectacular and that
    i can suppose you are an expert on this subject. Well along with your permission allow me to clutch your feed to stay up to date with
    imminent post. Thanks a million and please carry on the gratifying work.
    adreamoftrains best web hosting 2020

  32. book flight says:

    Link exchange is nothing else except it is simply placing
    the other person’s webpage link on your page at proper place and other person will also do similar in favor
    of you.

  33. sex doll says:

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Cheers|

  34. Ben Marks says:

    Hi there! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Superb blog and great design.|

  35. נערות ליווי says:

    I just like the valuable info you supply to your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and check once more here regularly. I’m somewhat sure I will be informed a lot of new stuff proper right here! Good luck for the following!|

  36. website hosting says:

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your
    article seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser
    compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.

    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue
    resolved soon. Many thanks

  37. web hosting service says:

    First of all I want to say wonderful blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I have had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.
    I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    generally wasted simply just trying to figure out how to
    begin. Any ideas or hints? Many thanks!

  38. black mass says:

    I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.

    nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you
    wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since
    exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you
    shield this increase.

  39. kbc lottery winner says:

    Hi, I do believe this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I may return once again since i have bookmarked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.|

  40. harga alat berat kobelco says:

    Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve visited this website before but after browsing through some of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly pleased I stumbled upon it and I’ll be bookmarking it and checking back often!

  41. emagrecer em uma semana says:

    Hi there, I do think your site could be having internet browser compatibility problems. When I look at your site in Safari, it looks fine however when opening in Internet Explorer, it’s got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up! Other than that, excellent website!

  42. Knoxville Real Estate Professionals says:

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Many thanks, However I am going through difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I cannot subscribe to it. Is there anyone else getting similar RSS problems? Anyone that knows the answer can you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  43. Additional Reading says:

    Having read this I thought it was rather informative. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to put this short article together. I once again find myself spending a lot of time both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  44. Purk says:

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent website. I stumbledupon it 😉 I’m going to come back yet again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  45. Ira Biscaro says:

    I truly love your website.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own blog and would love to learn where you got this from or what the theme is called. Cheers!

  46. The Herodotus says:

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and never manage to get anything done.

  47. Micha Brudner says:

    You are so awesome! I don’t think I’ve read through anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with original thoughts on this subject. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is something that is needed on the web, someone with some originality!

  48. Alex Jenkins says:

    I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that not enough men and women are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy that I found this in my search for something concerning this.

  49. booking says:

    I blog often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has truly peaked my interest. I will bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

  50. 온라인카지노 순위 says:

    You’re so interesting! I do not suppose I’ve truly read a single thing like that before. So good to find somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this subject matter. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

  51. https://mysp.ac/4gtrr says:

    An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do think that you should write more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo subject but typically folks don’t speak about such issues. To the next! Kind regards!!

  52. visit says:

    Everything is very open with a precise description of the challenges. It was definitely informative. Your website is useful. Thank you for sharing!

  53. farmtech says:

    That is a very good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate info… Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  54. Additional info says:

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you ought to write more about this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t speak about such issues. To the next! Many thanks!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.