Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day and "Gone with the Wind"

I guess a little bit late for posting this and I'm a Japanese but,
I learned from other friends' blogs that today is very important day for American people. And found that it is originated or connected with Civil War. I'd like to express sincere prayer to all the war victims. My father who fought World WarⅡnever mentioned about his traumatic memories, except only one moment;
I clearly remember the words he uttered blankly or rather his tone of voice etched into my memory .
It was when we were watching "Gone with the Wind" with our black-n-white TV. I was junior-high at that time. He murmured, "War leaves a permanent scar on our mind.....".  His sad looking expression still is unforgettable for me. Along with this memory, the movie left me striking image that the war brings hardship not only for men but also for women; especially from the scene which the heroin promising to live strongly in the vast field with the carrot in one hand.

He loved American movies and dramas a lot and I reminisce watching them togather. Above all, his favorite was "Combat" with Vic Morrow. This made me feel  a bit bizarre, thinking he was a living witness of tragedy. No way of knowing why with his physical condition now.......


  1. Lovely post Orchid. I can post but still not post photo's.
    Hugs, Amy

  2. Oh Orchid, this post is so tender and touches my soul. Thank you so much for sharing your memories and tribute to your honored father.

  3. What a wonderful post Orchid. My heart aches for those who have served in war...their lives are forever changed.

  4. Hi Orchid, your post today touched my heart. My father also enjoyed movies such as Combat and the Civil War era. xo,

  5. very nice Orchid..thanks have a great day!

  6. Dearest Orchid,

    Memorial Day commemorates ALL fallen veterans from ANY war; not just the Civil War...
    When I stayed in Japan with my host family, a Zen monk, he often talked about the fact that a lot of the elderly NEVER spoke about their war memories. They couldn't. I told him that it was in a way bittersweet for me to be in Japan as my most favorite uncle, or even bettter said; great-uncle (brother of my paternal grandmother) never ever spoke about the time he was being in the Japanese internment camp while he was living in Indonesia as an advisor to several Bishops. He was a priest and had his doctorate in literature and he stayed in the Vatican for several years and was a Professor at a Dutch Seminar before he went to Indonesia for over 30 years. He died in Manilla while at a Conference, of Malaria... He must have suffered a lot but he kept it all to himself; much like your Dad.
    What can we do? Love them and hope and pray that the world will not repeat such suffering for so many...

    Lots of love,


  7. I was reading many blogs this evening and came across yours, Orchid. I enjoyed reading what you wrote and became your newest follower. Your memories of your father and his memories of war are both sweet and sad.

    Liz (also know as Ninny.)

  8. I know you will not believe me, but I have never seen Gone With the Wind. You certainly tied into your Memorial Day post very well.

  9. Hi, What a nice tender moment with your father.Hope you comment can be made soon. I could not post comment .Then I took off leave me signed in . When you sign in.Now I'm ok Laura

  10. To Dear, Kuki.

    After the blogger's technical trouble, I cannot comment to your blog nor send a mail. Would you send one for me so that I can contact you.
    Hope you come back to see this message♬♬♬

    Hugs, Orchid.

  11. Hi Orchid... your blog is beautiful! You write with your heart so what you write is lovely. Marilyn from Australia.

  12. Hi Orchid,
    I found your blog via ThisIsMe's, Southhamsdarling. I think you have a very lovely way of writing. My Father was a WWII vet and didn't like to talk of the war. He said it would end up giving him nightmares of tragic memories.
    Looking forward to reading more of your writing.

    PS My icon when I follow a blog has a fleur de lis with Who Dat over it

  13. Thank you Orchid, for visiting me. I became your follower this morning and I will be glad if you follow me and we become friends :)

  14. Hallo! I'm here, and am your latest follower. Your blog is very sweet, and I look forward to getting to know you better. Warmest wishes from over here in England!

  15. Hi, dropped by your blog from a comment you made on one of my follower's blogs. You have a elightful blog! I truly hope the comment and follower problem is fixed for you soon. I had no trouble leaving a comment.