The noisy yobs outside the pub

Last summer I observed some very noisy youths outside a pub in our town centre.

Yobs, some called them, but look closer. See the short haircuts, some limping perhaps?

Watch the eyes. Always moving, observing. I've seen those eyes before. They are the eyes of those not long out of a combat zone. Always wary. Afraid. Cautious. Watching.

These, so called, yobs were members of our local TA just back from overseas duty.

Yes, they had drunk a little too much. Yes they were a little noisy, but they were just winding down.

If you look closely you'll see the quiet ones. The ones crying for lost mates and lost youth. You'll see the damaged ones. Lost, but still part of the unit. Their mates will stay with them as long as possible. To try to bring them back. Often they will fail, but they do try.

Next time you see a bunch of young people (be they male or female or mixed genders) being too loud. Drinking too much. Take a closer look.

Are they clean? Are they casually dressed? Can you see some holding close to one or more of their number who seems to be a little down?

If they are, then walk bye and nod to the many of the group who will watch you as a potential enemy.

These are the sons and daughters of your locality. They have survived. They have come back from hell and are trying, desperately, to re-adjust to civilian life.

So when you see rowdy youths, look closer. . Think before you mutter "bloody drunken kids". Sometimes they are drinking to try to forget things you have never and, please god, will never see. Things they gave all they had to protect you from.

As the older generation we must realise that respect is a two way street. Just because we are older does not entitle us to respect unless we respect those younger people who go where they are told and do what they are told to protect our way of life.

They are sometimes are killed or broken doing that.

So if, as an elder, you expect respect, then respect the young warriors. They have earned that respect.


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  1. macathy

    So very true way,what a wonderfully well written blog.i will think of this next time I see the young ones like that.Yes we don’t know what they had to endure,thanks to them hopefully we never will.God Bless Them .

  2. nmod

    Profound ,very touching ,a reality many of us are unaware of .
    I haven’t had that experience with the young soldiers yet . But I had met a few ex soldiers who many years down the track are still struggling to live a normal life ,haunted by the memories of war .
    Good blog thank you .

  3. roseinbloom

    Waylander, a good blog and a tribute to the young. We older ones need to give respect to the young who have served or are serving in the military. We may feel we don’t get enough respect ourselves, but we should give respect more and we may just find that we are getting more.

  4. sylvestercat

    Good on our guardians,let them make as much noise as they like outside of the barracks where they are not permitted to let their hair down in quite the same way.

  5. tania

    Great blog Waylander…..I have a brother who suffers since serving in active service and I know of many more. We need to respect these people more….Thank you.