Saturday, 5 November 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes.....

Around the table with some children yesterday morning....

Poppy Day is approaching, and this prompted a discussion about what poppies mean, and why we wear them each year.

This led on to an explanation of what "war" is, and why it occurs.

A five-year-old girl looked puzzled and simply asked "but why don't they just have a conversation?"

It reminded me of the comment made by Harry Patch, the "Last Living Tommy" who survived until 2009 as one of the oldest veterans of WW1.
Asked what he would say to modern-day politicians who consider armed conflict, he said - "Talk.... Talk now. You will only have to do it later, anyway."