|Grandma Marie and Grandpa Lewis Cardiff|
Every now and then, old blog posts need to get visited, at least I believe they do. I just to want to see if there were any additional comments, mostly. But it is also important me to compare my writing back then to my writing now.
Today I visited my last post at my WIP, /susankanewriter.blogspot.com, "Facing Down Demons". My Grandpa Lewis Cardiff fought in World War 1 and came home with memories of horrors he could not erase from his mind. His stories were ones I heard in the last year of his life when he was talking with my oldest brother, Don. I was in eighth grade, Don was a senior in high school.
Those stories of what he saw planted themselves in my own mind, and I hung onto them. Don? What? What stories? Don has Grandpa's rifle and keeps it in good condition, while I keep images pristine.
I am glad I re-visited it. There was one of the few films of the St. Mehiel offensive, and it was taken down when the provider's YouTube account ceased. So I went searching and found a site which is astounding with its comprehensive collection of black and white films of WW 1. This is the site, http://www.criticalpast.com, and you could watch these forever, over 4 thousand of them.
The following is an interview with one of the last veterans:
The ultimate and incredible sadness about war is that war never truly ends. Twenty years after WW1, the sons of WW1 veterans marched into WW2 and Korea. Then their own sons found Vietnam. Next generations moved onto Gulf War, Afghanistan, Syria, and more.
As for me, I will keep scrolling back to my past writing, and always hope that what I write has meaning.