Mike returned from the war. Returned as a survivor of a German prisoner of war camp. He silently resurfaced in his home town knowing one thing: the steel mill was not for him. Mike wanted to write, he had much to tell, so the local newspaper is where he lucked out to learn the craft.
A writer’s life suited him. The hunting and pecking at a typewriter was music to his ears. He loved the reporter’s life, but yearned to write a book. He tried and tried but I believe it was too hard for him because the memories were too intense. Mike could not talk about his experiences without tears. Writing was a passion, but it didn’t allow my father to release the pain that clutched his heart.
One reason I am taking part in the Slice of Life challenge is to find my voice, so I can one day release my father’s pain. Pain stopped him from writing and fear should not stop me. My fear pales in comparison to his horrifying experiences.