Listened to Jeremy Vine's show on the Light Programme just now over lunch - Very Moving 'article' about the letters soldiers leave behind 'to be opened upon my death'. Clearly not exactly a cheerful topic but they had a chap read out the letter written by a young Rifleman who was killed last month in Afghanistan, then interviewed his poor Mum.
Cyrus Thatcher was a 19 year old lad in 2 RIFLES. He wrote THE most beautiful letter to his parents - and they are very grateful that he'd written it.
I'm not sure what I want to say next.... but thought I had to 'say' something. I loathe over-sentimentality, but my eyes were somewhat on the prickly side and I nearly lost control of my chin!
Well done Cyrus. And it's something to bear in mind if you happen to be heading off to somewhere unpleasant........
I was listening to that myself and had to take myself out of the office for a few minutes to clear the head and eyes. The civvies in here haven't got a clue.
I just wish the cause was just and right enough to make the loss of such men and women at least more bearable.
My son wants to go in when he's old enough and I'm caught between encouraging and supporting him and the fear that if he went and something happened to him, how I would ever be able to look in the mirror or my wife's eyes again. Prayers to all the fallen and wounded's parents, colleagues and families.