I was at the library with my grandson in the young childrens’ section……across the aisle from Paw Patrol DVD’s and Disney musicals when my daughter took a slim, illustrated cartoon like paper book off the shelf.
“You Wouldn’t Want to be a Nurse During the American Civil War”……..Well, being that I own a Civil War farmhouse in Gettysburg, I had to open this one ……
I couldn’t believe it……….there were cartoon fashioned bloody images of doctors sawing limbs………….dripping with blood. Now, I know all this is true, one of those wounded Generals slept in my bedroom; but I think this the stuff of nightmares for a child under the age of ten……..
What was next in the series………You Wouldn’t Want to be a Kid in Hiroshima During the Atom Bomb Attack?…………Apparently, there is a series, I haven’t looked at any other, although they garner rave reviews on selling sites.
But it got me thinking……..Memorial Day should honor them too………the nurses of war, the medics of war…….they fought most valiantly to save lives. They learned as they went, often advancing medical techniques with skills they improvised on the front lines.
Telling our children history is important and not diluting the cruelty or suffering of war is not a bad thing. I just think I will wait a bit before I include this in my grandson’s reading list for the summer. War is hard enough for adults to understand…..let alone elementary school children under the age of ten.
Take time to honor them this weekend……Memorial Day is more than a day at the park or the beach. I lot of fallen lost their lives at the beach, in the grassy jungles, in forests, on mountains, on the sea, and in the air. And waiting to assist those fallen, were the heroic nurses and medics, using rudimentary tools and a lot of human ingenuity along the way.
They enabled quite a number of those fallen to stand again……let us stand in honor of all who never came home and all who did, forever changed by war.
Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend,