09 October, 2008

Beautiful Things...

...That I don't have time to give the attention they deserve.

The text accompanying the video explains:
The song was done by a Canadian...On November 11, 1999 (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month; WWI) Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada ...When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called A Pittance of Time.

Listen carefully to the words. Simply sung, but passionate and gorgeous.

And now for the heroes on the other side of the military family:
...when our men and women deploy they take a huge part of someone else's heart with them: a mother's hopes and fears for her firstborn; a young bride's breathless anticipation for a lifetime of love; a pregnant mother's joyful expectation of new life, echoing like a loud noise in an empty room since she aches to share each moment with her absent love.

The calm practicality of the staff NCO's wife who, married for decades, has weathered scores of deployments. She spends her days pouring herself out to younger wives, steadying them, reassuring them. It is only in the middle of the night that she wakes up alone in bed and reaches for that empty space. And then the tears come, but only when no one can see. In the morning, she will be fine again.

It is typical of Carrie that only days before her own son returns from Anbar, she is talking about others:

Read it all, as they say.