|Posted on 11 November, 2019 at 9:15|
November has always felt a little sad for me. The year is amost at an end, and I look at this time as the "dark" part of the year, both literally and figuratively. My childhood memories of living on an Air Force Base in England where Dad was stationed are mostly pretty wonderful, if you discount the sporadic air raid drills which resulted in being startled out of sleep, or the amazing supersonic Lightning fighter jets which, on their training flights regularly cracked our windows by breaking the sound barrier. Once the siren went off Dad would immediately have to get up and put on his uniform and go to the Military Transport Section, or commonly referred to as the MT Section where he was Chief Techincian.
November the Fifth, or Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night, whichever you prefer, is one of the fondest memories the chill in the air, the smell of the fireworks, just the excitement of it all. All year old furniture and other debris was collected and piled into an enormous bonfire. There was an incredible fireworks display and we enjoyed jacket potatoes and paper cups of steaming oxtail soup. Everyone celebrated the demise of the unfortunate Guy Fawkes, who appeared each year as a stuffed effigy and tossed onto the fire with barbaric enthusiasm; his yearly punishment for attempting to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the 1600's. But the sadness of Remembrance Day overshadows these memories at times, as well as the passing of my wonderful mother, whom we lost on the 16th of the month.
Winter has made a rather early appearance this year. We are expecting, as I write this, a considerable amount of the white stuff. I'm lucky today to be working from home. I am working on a show which will take place in Meaford, at the Museum. I'm excited to introduce some handpainted Christmas ornaments, which I'm also offering with a matching Christmas card as a combination. It will make a great small gift for that person who has everything!
Please take a moment, or actually two minutes out of your day today, Remembrance Day, and reflect upon those who never returned, those who returned hurt or changed, and those who continue to serve around the world.