Angels Watching Over Me: Chapter 1 - Part 3

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 24th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We are just getting to know Carissa's father Winchester Forbes. Much of what she knows was told to her by her siblings and the story starts from before she was born. We know that he was a fisherman and served in the Canadian army and valued freedom.

Marvin Este

Carissa was not yet born when her father come home from the war. What she was told was that he came home a celebrated hero and resumed his life as a fisherman. The town folk talked about the different excursions he had during the war and how he led his battalion with courage and dignity. Her favourite was the story of Marvin Este.

Marvin was wounded in a battle and left back as the troops quickly retreated. The enemy advanced and bullets flew everywhere. Marvin was wounded in the hip and collapsed. His division circled around him and ran as they had been instructed to do. But Winchester returned to drag Marvin to safety knowing full well that the enemy had not left the area.

A man of few words

However, he was still a man of few words. When the town folk asked him to talk about his experiences even though Marvin urged him to recount his personal story, he responded, “I did what had to be done,” and left it at that. His own family could not get him to talk about the war.

He never boasted. Yet, there was a burning desire within him to be more, to do more or so the family suspected. Winchester had seen the world outside of Cape Breton Island and though he never spoke about it it was obvious that he was no longer content to be a simple fisherman in a small country community. Something had changed him.

He was still the easygoing smiling fisherman the county folk knew and loved. Yet his soul would not rest. He took on as much work as he could find. It seemed he was not happy unless he was physically doing something, even if it was just to walk alone along the beach or shoot game in the wooded areas. Winchester never did either of these things before the war.

Concerned about the change in Winchester

Carissa was told that her mother was concerned about the change in her husband, hoping it was a passing thing. Their children were growing older.

The customary term for all coloured children to address their parents was Papa and Mama; anything else would have been considered disrespectful in that tiny community of 250 circa 1940’s.

Winn, the eldest son and his father’s namesake was 15 years old. He worked with his Papa on the fishing boats. Katie-Ann, now 14 years old finished her school and helped Mama with the four younger girls; Jean aged 13, Louisa aged 11, and the twins Erin and Elizabeth aged 10. Life seemed to be taking on a new direction and then everything changed. Kate became pregnant again. They celebrated the birth of their last child, Carissa, on May 1, 1947.

To be continued

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
25th Jun 2015 (#)

This is a very deserving star page article. You don't hear much about black war heroes. Of course he doesn't see it that way. He just feels that he was doing what needed to be done. Amazing.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Jun 2015 (#)

Carol, excellent writing. I think Winchester is such an honorable man. I love this family. I look forward to reading the next chapter.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Excellent writing. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Jun 2015 (#)

War is never easy on anyone - it leaves psychological scars and changes people's attitude to life - siva

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