Sharon asked: A. what are you old enough to remember? And B. what has changed in your lifetime?What I wrote in the first post about the TIF challenge: My oldest important memory.
It was on a beautiful sunny morning, probably the first week of May 1945, when my parents took me outside to look at the sky.
Many, many plains flew over the village were I used to live in the Netherlands.
The only thing that could fly in my little world were butterflies and flies.
This was totally different, those flies were huge and made a deafening noise.. .. The sky seamed to rumble.
You could see the people in the plains. My mother told me: they are Tommies.
Many, many years I believed the word for a plain was tommy.
Almost 10 years later I realized what I saw that beautiful morning in May: British bombers on their way back home after bombing German cities and industry to make an end on the terrible second world war.
I was almost 3 years old then.
But what has mankind learned from this war?
Not much I am afraid. After the WW 2, there have been wars.
Korea, Vietnam, Israel, Lebanon, Falkland Islands, Kuwait , Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, etc..
Today in many parts of the world they kill each other.
Why??? Power ? Oil? Gold? Diamonds?
Why can't we live all together on this planet in peace?
* My DH and I have visited Normandy ( France) in 1997. We have been on the beaches and all important places from D-day.
We have been in several museums in the Netherlands. Visit a German concentration camp near the Poland border.
Rows of white marble crosses on the cemeteries all over the world.
I shall never forget the emotions which came to me when I read the dates of birth and dead on those crosses.
So young they all died.
So, sadly enough : in this respect nothing has changed.