Choices ~ Adele #writephoto

As I stand here gazing at the calm waves, I think about my grandmother, Maude. A lovely woman who was a nurse during the second World War. She was twenty-three at the time. I can still remember the sadness in her eyes when she spoke of the young soldiers who died. There was one particular soldier whom she would never forget. Every time she talked about him, her voice broke and tears sprang to her eyes.

“I will never forget that boy,” she said. “He must have been about seventeen years old. He had a boyish face. I thought to myself, it’s a pity that someone so young was fighting in this terrible war.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to Choices ~ Adele #writephoto

  1. Woebegone but Hopeful says:

    Very good share Sue. A timely reminder to us all of the contagion of war


    • Sue Vincent says:

      It is never a good answer…

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      • Woebegone but Hopeful says:

        Not a lesson we ever seem to learn.
        Here’s a very salutary link on the subject:


        • Sue Vincent says:

          An excellent article, but a harrowing read.

          I always feel guilty about saying I suffered PTSD after my son was stabbed through the brain. Compared to those who have witnessed the horrors of war, I feel I have no right to that diagnosis. But the symptoms are the same… the nightmares, the flashbacks…the terror. Thankfully, mine was brought under control through prompt recognition and talking it through… though it does not leave completely and stress, which is a constant in a carer’s life, leaves you with a hair trigger.
          But having been through that, I can now recognise some of the things that were odd in my grandfathers… especially the one who served in Burma. The article speaks of how these things affect subsequent generations… and I can say with certainty that it is true, from having seen how it affected my mother and her brother.

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          • Woebegone but Hopeful says:

            Personally Sue I feel you showed remarkable courage in having to come with such an event.
            Events and their aftermaths can leave deep wounds and although there is treatment, as you say, they still never truly go away.
            The battles go on.
            We do the best we can, as we can.
            And we try and not let the contagion spread.
            Best wishes to you and your son.


  2. dgkaye says:

    So poignant. A powerful read from Adele ❤


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