Monday, April 25, 2011

Lest we forget.

Today is ANZAC day, a very special day in which we remember those who sacrificed everything to secure our way of life. It is also a day on which I remember my grandfather, who fought in  Papa New Guinea on the Kokoda trail during World War Two.

Joe's fuchsias

He was a signalman, or a 'dah-dit' man as he would say, sending and relaying messages by Morse code. Joe would rarely talk about his experiences during the war as it was not a part of his life that he wished to remember. When he did, I remember sitting to listen attentively as he described the people he had met and how beautiful they were, as opposed to ever imparting to us the true horror of his experiences.

Just before my grandfather passed away from lung cancer, he propagated this fuchsia for me from a cutting taken off the plant he grew in his backyard. Apparently, it is an old variety that isn't very popular any more. As a child I called them 'Joe's ballerina flowers', as they reminded me of a graceful dancer in a pretty pink tutu. Now they remind me of my grandfather Joe and what a truly amazing and inspirational person he was.

Thanks for teaching me so much, Joe.

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget.


  1. What a wonderful memory your grandfather has left you :') The ballerina flower, how lovely!

    Hey Nat,

    Thanks for finding my blog because (funny story) I actually found your blog ages ago either through Frankie or Vogue. I went though all your posts all the way to the beginning and loved your storytelling about building your home. Though, at the time, I didn't bookmark you & was really bummed that I didn't and couldn't find it again!
    So now you found me ha ha
    Will add you to my rss and twitter and fb :/ sorry (stalker alert)



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