07 December 2012

My Mother's Response to My Pearl Harbor Post

Here it is in the words of one who was only nine years old on that day which shall live in infamy:

I have never talked to anyone who was living on December 7, 1941, and old enough to notice, who fails to remember.  As I can, every one of those persons can tell you precisely where they were and what they were doing, on that day.  It is glued in our memories, as a dividing line between innocence and awful awakening.  I can still SEE the day, how the sun shone where I was, the drop from joy of childhood to desolation of betrayal, and the indescribable sadness of America or, at least, the part of it I knew.  Yet, it glued Americans together and made us one.  May we become that again, but without the necessity of such an awakening this time.

Well said, Mom.  So very well said. 

13 comments:

Keads said...

Well said. I fear that even something as horrendous as that attack will not galvanize the "bread and circus" population.

Rev. Paul said...

Keads, you may well be right. We're not the same hard-working, family-farm-based, self-sufficient people that we were. I'm beginning to wonder if that isn't partly deliberate.

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Your Mom is a very wise woman.
God Bless her.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, Sandy. I'm sure she'd agree with you. :^)

Well Seasoned Fool said...

I worked with a man who was a four year old dependent living in Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was bombed. He remembers an airplane flying over their house while he was in the yard. Said he remembered someone in the plane waving at him.

He also remembers his mother crying when his father came home that night.

Rev. Paul said...

WSF, thank you for sharing that.

armedlaughing said...

Wow.
You and the commenters are wise.
Especially your mom.
Thank you,

gfa

Rev. Paul said...

Thanks, Guffaw. She is uncommonly wise, and I've always credited her for what little sense I've kept. :)

DR said...

You've been blessed with a wise mother my friend. God bless her and you.

Congratulations on Navy's victory.

Rev. Paul said...

Thank you, DR. May God richly bless you & the entire family.

Cathy said...

Rev Paul, your mother's wise words recalled my own mother's remarks about how as a young nursing student studying on her bed . . on hearing of the attack, she reached up and wrote the date on the wall.

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, it's always interesting to discover what people did to mark a momentous occasion. Thanks for sharing that.

Old NFO said...

Well said, and VERY true!!!