in Culture Love It Vinegar Hill Re-enactment by Norman Darlo June 17, 2018, 7:12 pm 176 Views 9 Votes 7 Comments Share Tweet Pin Overheard at today’s re-enactment of the 1798 Battle of Vinegar Hill (which put paid to the United Irishmen’s rebellion against centuries of British oppression), a young child asking her mother: “Can children die, Mammy?” Read LaterAdd to FavouritesAdd to CollectionReport What do you think? 9 points Upvote Downvote Share Tweet PinColonialismimperialismIrelaandoppressionrebelliion Written by Norman Darlo youtube 7 Comments Leave a Reply I know as a parent those are the questions you dread. There is no handbook answer to that question. There is a moment of utter panic. You have to decide what your child can hear. 1 Log in to Reply Yes, a really difficult one. In the re-enactment (as in historical fact) there were numerous women and children in the rebels’ encampment, and as the redcoats approached, it was not difficult to guess what would happen to them. This was the moment I overheard the child’s question. I felt the child had never faced the question in her mind before. One way or another, we educate ourselves to life’s flaws. 1 Log in to Reply There are times when I think Faulkner was right (Life is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury it signifies nothing) and times (more times) that I believe in the line uttered by many, but I last heard it from Robert Kennedy. “There is no greater gift, than helping another rise from where they had fallen.” Neither of those helps when a child asks, however, can children die. My wife is a hospice social worker, whose job is dying children. She says the only answer to that question is be open, be honest and listen. 1 Log in to Reply I can’t even begin to imagine the inner strength your wife must have, to do such a job day after day. Most of us would crumble if faced with such a task for one afternoon. 1 Log in to Reply She wants to help all, even me sometimes. She is an amazing human being. 1 That is a hard question to answer and explain why it happens. 1 Log in to Reply It sure is. I didn’t hear the mother’s answer. 1 Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.