Beautiful, Pat. I feel the tragedy of the loss of these airmen and yet what is life if not for living beyond the boundaries of fear? If it means death, then so be it. Not to ask for it, but if it's going to happen, which is guaranteed at some point, then embrace it willingly with love. As you say, to live truly intensely present is the only reality - or at least the only reality worth living.

I asked my mother what it was like during wartime (WWII) and she said everyone felt so alive, love was stronger, people came together more, there was an intensity of being in the moment because tomorrow you may be dead, or your husband or lover may never come back.

Let me know when your book comes out.

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