Five Days in London

As with everything these days, I’m also reading it through the lens (or fog, as the case may be) of my current AFGE (Another F*eaking Growth Experience). To wit:
Lukacs makes the point that while Britain could not win the war, and didn’t (the US and Russia won it), “Churchill was the one who did not lose it” (p. 2). While the historical implications of my struggle for continued parenthood can’t possibly rate with WWII (1), I do feel that somehow this is a critical period in which I must not lose, even if I cannot “win.” One of Churchill’s comments summarizes my convictions (with a substitution of “daughter” for “world”):
Nothing which may happen in this battle can in any way relieve us of our duty to defend the world cause to which we have vowed ourselves; nor should it destroy our confidence in our power to make our way, as on former occasions…through disaster and grief…” (p. 3).
Bringing to mind the current discussion about the extent (if any?) of my role in decision-making about Hannah’s welfare:
“…this was how things seemed, and while what happens may not be identical with what people think happens in the long run, the two are inseparable in the short run” (p. 16).
Reflections by May Allingham, a regular British countryfolk in response to an address by Queen Wilhelmina, in which the Queen conveyed that “Courage was not going to be enough.”
Then there is bit on Chamberlain (the previous Prime Minister who didn’t like Churchill), describing him as not having a quick mind “which is not always a handicap” (p. 55) – I hope such holds true for moi! Certainly, I do change my mind once evidence accumulates, and yes, without changing character.

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