Postcards from a young man
My dear old dad's birthday today.
Obviously as I'm quite old now, he's not been around for a good few years, but I post this not as a sentimental thing.
I'd forgotten this photo, it's him and some of his mates having a bit of down time.
The thing that had never registered with me is the annotation on the back.
It says `miyajima, 23rd August 1947, Japanese sea`
What I didn't know, is that Miyajama is apparently an hour from Hiroshima.
Hiroshima... barely two years from the detonation of the A bomb,
and there's me dad on the periphery of history.
And no, as is true of that generation, never even mentioned he'd been in Japan.
Hello, I must be going.