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Remembrance

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.

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  • November 11, 2014
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    Beautiful glassware, Veronica. I can imagine that last one finding its way into one of your artworks! πŸ™‚

  • November 11, 2014
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    Beautiful!

  • November 11, 2014
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    Beautiful tribute for this day. That vase is gorgeous.

  • November 11, 2014
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    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!

  • November 12, 2014
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    There are no coincidences, they say. Lest we forget.

  • Marlene Stephenson

    November 12, 2014
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    A treasure for sure.Have a wonderful day.

  • November 12, 2014
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    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

  • November 13, 2014
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    Thanks for reminding us, and what a beautiful journal!

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