November 11th – IF

They shall grow not old, as we that are left, grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

 If people want to comment ion this site that’s fine but I don’t normally make reference to emails I receive.  Today however I want to make an exception and I have been given the authors permission to publish the following email.

 Dear Uncle Norman.

 I wanted to wish you a happy remembrance day. 

You probably wont remember me but I wrote you a couple of times already about my dad and brother.  I started reading your site when I was in college and a friend of mine told me it was back up recently. My grandad was in europe in ww2 and my dad was in Vietnam.My brother was sent to Iraq and before he was sent overseas i wrote you because i was scared what might happen.  i didn’t think you would replie but you did and said i was right to be worried.  you told my brother to look at the poem if  and to remember the 7 dwarfs because you said if it all came on top it would help him.  I thoiught it was a joke a t first but we learnt the poem and i used to say it every night while he was away.  my brother got ambushed in irag and his left eg was blown off and his right leg was real bad.  he was hurt bad but he remembered the poem but forgot some of the dwarfs.  He is back with us now and we are real happy.  i know that you lost some real good friends like my brother dad and grandad but i am so happy that my brother is alive and i wanted to say thank you because i think your advice helped him.  you might think i amstupid and that this dont make much sense but i keep cring when i try to write you but i just wanted you to know that i appreciate the time you took.  i hope your friends and comrades are in a better place but we should be glad for those who have come back alive.  i think what i am trying to say is remember the people who have paid the price but give thanks for life.   the story about your sister made me cry and my family have made af lower bad outside out house of fresias as a thank you for my brother and as a gift in memory of your sister.

Thank you


Samantha.  Thank you so much.  I think you are right.  Remember the dead but embrace life.   I promise I will come and see you and your bother and the flower bed.  Why are those bloody dwarfs so hard to remember?  There are only seven of the little bastards!


IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

3 Responses to “November 11th – IF”

  1. Sally says:

    Waht happened to the rest of the post? It is on Bloglines!

  2. Uncle says:

    Hi Sally. Don’t know where the first half of post went, but I have put it back. Thanks

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