“Po-ppy”

Little Miss learnt a new word this week. “Po-ppy.” (Which she says in this stagnated way every time. This might be my fault as I sounded it out in an exaggerated fashion to be sure she heard the difference between ‘poppy’ and ‘puppy’…)

On Monday en route to nursery, we stopped to buy a poppy from the elderly man selling them at our local tube station. He told us he was a child during the war and sells poppies every year.

Little Miss took a real shine to my poppy and wanted to wear it herself. I slipped it inside her scarf (pin removed) but it didn’t last long. Unfortunately she managed to take it apart and it never returned with her from nursery.

After dropping her off, however, I saw someone else selling poppies, but this time they had silicon bracelets and hair slides. Perfect for Little Miss.

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Little Miss is far to young to understand the importance of these poppies, but The OH and I think it’s important she knows when she is old enough.

This year, The British Legion have launched the #mypoppy campaign, asking why you wear your poppy.

The OH’s Grandad served in WWII, while his Grandma, pregnant with The OH’s Aunt tried to sleep under a mattress under the stairs through the London bombings before he returned home to her in 1945. Our family is lucky; we’re relatively unaffected by the war, with no one serving in the modern military.

But we still wear poppies because if someone chooses to serve in the military and is negatively effected by injury, loss or mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, they and their families need support to heal and regain normality in their lives. You may not agree with war or the military, but for now, they exist just the same. And service men, woman veterans and their families, often in their darkest hours, need the clinics, services and support The British Legion helps to offer.

So don’t just awkwardly pull out your phone to avoid eye contact with the man shaking a blue tin by the tube exit or pretend you have no change for the woman standing outside the store with a box of poppies. It’s only £1, which to someone out there, could mean getting their life back.

But most of all, when you buy your poppy this year, don’t forget to explain to your children why we wear them.

This post is part of the My Captured Moment linky from Running In Lavender

You can find out more about The Poppy Appeal on the The British Legion’s website, and share your #mypoppy story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram now. 

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11 thoughts on ““Po-ppy”

  1. Claire at Tin Box Traveller says:

    Great post. Mr Tin Box is in the Royal Navy. Both our dads and my mum served in the Navy, so we have plenty of reasons to wear our poppies with pride. The RBL do so amazing work with serving personnel and their families, and veterans. It’s a great cause to support #mycapturedmoment

  2. reachkate says:

    Good for you. Well written. The Canadian Legion does the same. My little girl was given a poppy sticker when I bought my poppy pin last weekend. She’s wearing it proudly today.. after trying to eat it this morning. One step at a time, I guess.

  3. hijackedbytwins says:

    We always wear poppies. My grandad served in India during the second world war. I feel that it is important that our children understand how much we have to be thankful for. I love how this year poppies are mre child friendly, My little lady used her money to buy a poppy hair clip! x #MyCapturedMoment

  4. Heledd - Running in Lavender says:

    This is so cute!! My two have Poppies this year for the first time. Lili came home from school the other day and told me she needed money to buy a Poppy. I asked her if she knew what they were for and she said “So we can remember the soldiers that died at war and help the ones that got hurt”, I was literally dumb struck, I had no idea she’d come out with such a good answer. Thank you as always for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xx

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