Life

Message to My Daughter

What do you tell teens growing up in an Internet-enabled world where images of war and suffering, death and pain, loyalty and sacrifice, are but a click away?

I came across a very moving story today and decided to share its message with my 15 year old.

To my daughter,

I know the story’s heartbreaking to read but you&‘re old enough now to understand that even in the midst of conflict and suffering, surrounded by death and carnage, there are still little pockets of love.

Here’s a very beautiful and poignant example.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362837/Bomb-sniffing-Army-dog-master-repatriated-Wootton-Bassett.html

What moved me most was that soldier and dog were in the business of saving lives, not in taking them.

Look carefully at the top photograph and spare a thought for the lives and the sacrifice of L/Cpl Liam Tasker and Theo.

Please remember that you and I are both fortunate to live in a peaceful country, and to experience the joy and companionship a dog can bring. Yes, their time here was cut tragically short, but that iconic photo has captured forever a very deep truth well known to dog lovers, and will probably become a source of great comfort to those who knew and loved them.

Wherever life takes you, be well and be happy.

Daddy