Over the past few weeks a friend and I have been comparing notes about what our life as kids was like during the war years, and how our Dadís setting off to war and leaving a huge void in our lives impacted on us. We found out that we had a lot in common and that going without a Dad presence was quite difficult.
We were lucky that our Dadís came back. I cannot imagine how the children of those Dadís who did not come back felt, or what impact the lose of their Dad had on the rest of their lives.
My friend, and I, thought it would be a valuable thing to collect, and publish, the thoughts of those children of soldiers who, like us, had their Dads disappear from their lives.
Would you be willing to share your experiences with others who have gone through the same trauma? I know that by sharing my experience with my friend helped me to understand what had happened, how I dealt with it, and what affect it has had on my life, for better or worse. Now I know I was not, I am not alone.
The soldiers have not stopped going away to war. The children are still being deprived of a parent for reasons many of them cannot understand. Something like this, how we coped with that loss, could be of real value to them.
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