Remembrance

November 11, 2014

Yesterday I painted in my very personal journal. I found some words and painted a poppy around them.

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Today I spent Remembrance Day with my mother. We remembered my father and his years of dedication to veterans as the head doctor of the Vancouver chapter of Veterans Affairs Canada.

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After lunch, while mom filled out some paper work, I riffled thru dad’s glass collection.

I love his collection of sparkly shiny glass. Some ancient Pompeii glass, some modern Waterford crystal, some rare medieval pieces he picked up at auction.

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And then, from the very back, I pulled out this strange little etched goblet. Strange because I have no idea where dad got it, and, now that he’s been gone all these years, I can’t ask him about it. It has flowers etched into the crystal. Maybe some are meant to be poppies, maybe, or probably they are, because under the etching of the flowers is an etched word: “Erinnerung” German for Remembrance.

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And maybe there isn’t a mystery. Everyone, whether allies or enemy, everyone a person, everyone affected in some way by the tragedy of war. I’ve no idea where my British father got the little goblet with the German word etched on it, but you know what? I’m so glad I found it today of all days.

Lest we forget.

A Sunny Side in the gloom of the West Coast
Colour, Ariane's drawing challenge, redirected thru Barbara Bee

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16 Comments

  • Reply Patricia A. McGoldrick November 11, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Beautiful glassware, Veronica. I can imagine that last one finding its way into one of your artworks! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Oh, it’s been ages since I painted glass reflections. That actually might be really nice for me Patricia. 😀

  • Reply michellepond November 11, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Beautiful!

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you Michelle. 😀

  • Reply Ida P. Krause November 11, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Beautiful tribute for this day. That vase is gorgeous.

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Thank you so much Ida. I think it’s gorgeous too.

  • Reply Renee November 11, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    A grand way to pay tribute to your father, his collection and this day of remembrance. What a fun nostalgic mystery you have stumbled upon!

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      I think so too Renee. I’ve been trying to find the provenance of that little glass, but no luck so far.

  • Reply Debra She Who Seeks November 12, 2014 at 4:41 am

    There are no coincidences, they say. Lest we forget.

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      That’s a lovely way to think Debra. Thank you. 😀

  • Reply Marlene Stephenson November 12, 2014 at 9:35 am

    A treasure for sure.Have a wonderful day.

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much Marlene. It sure is. Hope your week was wonderful. 😀

  • Reply Lavender Dreams November 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I love the art in your journal and of course that beautiful glass. It’s nice to share memories and never forget. Only if we remember the past can we move forward. Enjoy your week sweet friend. Hugs, Diane

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Thank you so much Diane. You’re so right. I was once really upset that my children had to study the war years and books like the Diary of Anne Frank, and than I realised that actually it’s very important exactly for the reason you just mentioned. 🙂

  • Reply Jennifer J. Chow November 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for reminding us, and what a beautiful journal!

    • Reply Veronica November 16, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Aw, thank you so much Jennifer. It’s been an emotional week, hasn’t it?

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