I’ve been quiet for a while here in the blogging world, but it’s not for lack of writing, I assure you. My love of writing isn’t going anywhere soon, that’s for sure.
I’m not ready to tell all about the project I’m working on, but I’m going to start giving some teasers. Here’s one:
Do you ever find yourself saying “oh how I wish I had paid more attention in high school”? Well, I am finding myself saying this: “why didn’t I love history back then”. Kind of like when I was in my early twenties traveling the world doing missions work… I didn’t do well in Geography class, but after all my travel and love of geography now, I would have been a Geography nut.
In a good way.
Pay attention is school, kids 😉
So here I am reading these books about amazing people that walked this country not that long ago… If you haven’t figured it out from the names of those titles, I’m researching 1914-1920 ish. Over the Great War (or World War I for you Americans) and after.
I’m not endorsing all these books necessarily, I haven’t even read them all yet. I’ll tell you about a couple that I have started though.
I have begun reading Canadian Poems of the Great War compiled by John W. Garvin, and Canada in World War I (which is an odd title considering Canada refers to it as the Great War, not World War I… something I was surprised to find out myself – I must have been sleeping that day in history class) by Gordon Clark.
The Canadian Poems of the Great War copy I’m reading is an original – printed in 1918. Guys, this book is a hundred years old! I was in a bit of shock when I was able to check it out from the library, my heart will hurt a bit when I have to return it. And sure enough it has the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, and the old card that they used to check out the book with… the first date this book was checked out was April 19th, 1930.
It was a very sad time. So much loss. Before going into the war Canada had only a few thousand soldiers. Then when Britain called for Canadian volunteers, more than 30,000 soldiers responded. But we didn’t have the leadership to train all these volunteers and the soldiers went to war not even ready. From what I’m reading a lot was a training on the job situation.
Can you imagine? Some of these guys were just kids, thrown into a war situation and not even with the proper training.
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