Soldier's goodbye & Bobbie the cat, Sydney, ca. 1939-ca. 1945 / by Sam Hood

The couple stood on their front porch step to say goodbye. A normal couple thing to do for sure. It starts with standing at each others doorsteps for dates after dates, until finally they are standing at their own front doorstep for their own home.  Just as Alice and Jack were doing right now. Standing on the front wooden porch of their own home. However until most goodbyes this one was more emotional. It was not a goodbye to go to the store or on a trip, but a send off to battle. Jack dressed to leave for country and Alice to see her solider out the door. An occasion where both lean in together to say goodbye with as much heart as they are able. Also Bobby their precious cat was there. Seated between the pair unknowingly watching the emotional moment between the couple. Incapable of realizing the importance of the moment he was in. However Bobby, like most cats, was a good distraction and sometimes a good distraction is needed  in moments of uncertainty and strong concern. As Bobby stared up at the couple lovingly looking at one another they broke their glance to appreciate their silly cat. Making a moment of lightheartedness into the moment of sadness.

 

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