They Can Make You Proud
Apparently, my 11 year old grandson, Dylan, asked his parents if he could stay home from school on Remembrance Day to watch the history channel on TV to learn of the meaning of the day. It seems he is not very happy with the usual thing they do a school on this day.
Dylan Robinson (the day we spent together going to pick up my dog Heidi)
Dylan is a bright child who is intellectually curious and sensitive. He is a excellent student and attends a school where the language of instruction is French, not his first language but one he has mastered.
He aspires to be a veterinarian. He is very interested in my animals. He, also, seems to enjoy listening to me about the animals and the flora and fauna of the natural world. I think we have a nice relationship.
It turns out he has a passion and talent I knew nothing about. He likes to write songs. he has taken keyboarding lessons, I am not sure if he also writes music.
In any case, in response to spending the day watching the programming around Armistice Day, he wrote a song about the WWI battle of Passchendaele, the third battle of Ypres, in which Canada played a major role in winning at the price of 16,000 Canadian Corp soldiers.
Here is his song:
Passchendaele Was A Living Hell
Passchendaele was a living hell
Is a story I will tell
It’s a story so scary
In the Belgium’s muddy prairie
German’s had all the good guns
So they killed tons and tons
But when the German’s where done
It was the British and Canadian's who had won
Passchendaele, Passchendaele was a living hell
If you go there you will see the shells
Exploiting in the air, those German’s didn’t care.
16,000 Canadian soldiers gone in a flash
Whatever’s left of the bodies is smaller than ash
For five months these countries fought
One Million Soldiers got bombed or got shot
Now I am done my story
And today it’s still Belgium’s territory
These countries lost one million people for nothing.
So for some families the news must sting
When you get the news that someone you know dies
It makes you want to curl up and cry.
Dylan November 11, 2008
I think I am prouder of him more for caring enough to learn about WWI, than for his song writing.
I give high praise to his parents for understanding not all learning is in school and to recognize they have a trustworth son who can stay home alone and do as he said he would.
Well done, Dylan.
I look forward to having an interesting conversation with Dylan about what he learned.