|Leonard Wright (1915-1965)
I must admit that I have never felt his army photos captured his real appearance or outlook.
The main reason, I am sure, is that in his entire life, I cannot recall ever openly disobeying or defying him. I was 18 when he died, but had left home at 16 to go to Brisbane, so my obedience shouldn’t seem surprising to most people whose father never gave them a good reason to confront him.
|Lyn just sent me this picture of Dad. He would not have been far off 49 when this was taken. Seeing it for the first time, I can hardly believe how young he looks, and how old I now feel!
I did sometimes amuse myself by thinking how I would try to explain my world at age 49, the year then being 1996, to him in a world that stopped in 1965. What would he have found most bizarre?
And now I am much older than he was. Again, it seems very weird to imagine a conversation with him with that degree of age difference between us. I try to imagine, not very successfully, how he would have regarded me, now 14 years older than he, approaching the age of authority of his own father at the time my grandfather died.
Maybe not as much as I might think. He may not have been educated, by later standards, but I know he was intelligent and thoughtful.
I think it is fortunate for you if you do not nor ever have become older than your parent(s); at least, comparatively early on in life. I’m glad in a way that I will never be older than my mother. It’s strange enough being a lot older than one parent, let alone two.
There’s wisdom in old age you only really understand when you start to get there yourself. Knowledge isn't wisdom. Wisdom is what you can do with knowledge, and that tends to come with time and experience of life more than anything else.