The world changes – always! When Anna returns to Vancouver after the wonderful year she spent in Shetland Islands, she is not the same little girl. A year older and much more understanding about her parents’ love for their childhood home, she still is glad to be back with her friends and familiar surroundings.
It is a troubling time for our old world. On September 1st 1939, World War II starts. Well trained and obedient, Hitler’s troops sweep across Europe. In 1940 alone these countries fall to them: Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Jersey/Guernsey (British islands in the ocean channel between Europe and England), and Norway. Soon, almost all of Europe is under Hitler’s command.
Meanwhile, in Vancouver, 1940 sees Anna turning twelve, safe in school. Although just a child, she senses the anxiety in her parents. War she does not understand, except that it is a time when dangerous people take what they want. She realizes that Norway is close to Shetland, and she is afraid.
“Will those people want Shetland too?”
“We don’t think so, Anna. Time will tell. Perhaps the islands are too small to be important.”
“But on a clear day, Mummy, I could see Norway. It is so close to Shetland!”
“Leave it now, dear. Sometimes we can’t change things, and then we must wait and see. Go and play with your friends.”
“Sometimes we can’t change things” is not typical of the attitude of the Shetland Islanders, but sometimes a child must be sheltered from reality. Anna’s Mummy was not surprised by the amazing things which the Islanders, and people working with them, accomplished: The outside world was. Join us for the next chapter in “Anna’s Story.”