ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

War Stories Chapter 10

Updated on July 4, 2012


War Stories - chapter 10 (Hub is coming home on leave)


The excitement on the farm is tangible. The Italian prisoners of war, who have been seconded to Dad from the nearby Baviaanspoort “prison turned into a prisoner of war camp”, together with the farm workers, are building a brand new house. This is Dad’s idea! “You and Hub will need a place to stay when he comes back from the war”, he argues. Although I know that Hub will not want to be dependent on Dad, it would at least be a place to start our new family.


Dad, like most Dads, is not wildly excited about the choices his two daughters have made in marriage partners. Helen was the first, marrying the ambitious young Afrikaner lawyer, Boet van Aard. Boet enjoys life in the fast lane and is as far right in his political views as you can go. His law firm in Pretoria specializes in contractual business and trust funds rather than criminal matters. If Robey Leibbrandt had not left South Africa for training in Germany, Helen may today be married to him, so Dad has mixed feelings about the choice Helen seems to have made.


Hubert, as Dad referred to Hub, is a divorced man from Waterfal-boven, where he grew up. Coming from a railway town on the edge of the escarpment, the son of a railway engineer who had immigrated to South Africa from Tilburgh in Holland, it was almost inevitable that Hub would also join the railways. In contrast to Boet, Hub is left wing in his political views, he plays the trumpet, and was the lead singer in the local and only band in Waterfal-boven, and in Dad’s eyes is hardly a great catch.


But that is how life is. Dad knows that all his children are rather stubborn and even a bit hard headed and so he and Mom choose to love and support then in spite of the choices they make, good or bad. That is what mothers and fathers often do.


In my heart I know that I have made a good choice. Yes, he is a dreamer who always has a “get rich” scheme up his sleeve which he is sure will secure us with a great future. Somehow it is not difficult to believe him. My brother Charl, who has been wounded in Italy has been transferred from the field hospital to Gibraltar and then sent down the West Coast of Africa by boat to Cape Town. He is now in the hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte near Pretoria, where he has met the love of his life. Crene, a volunteer army nurse, has been looking after Charl and other wounded soldiers who are in re-hab. It has, howeve,r been love at first sight and perhaps this will be a better match in Dad’s eyes, as she comes from the family of Dr. Bodenstein, the medical doctor in Lichtenburg in the Western Transvaal. Charl is hoping to continue his law studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in the near future. The fact that he may have to walk with the aid of a walking stick does not scare him.


Charl’s injury has ended his cricketing prospects where, as a promising fast bowler, he has represented Northern Transvaal and South African Schools with honor. He had been earmarked for higher honours. These dreams ended when the stray piece of shrapnel seriously damaged his leg. So many dreams have ended in the war. Hub’s sister, Betsy, was in love with a young man who was accepted into the air force and he has sadly been killed in action.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)