FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 1
Disfigured : An old way of saying that the way you look makes some other people feel uncomfortable.
Conscious : Aware. To be self conscious is to be aware of yourself. To be aware of how you look.
Best left alone
Reg Daye : Musquodoboit Harbour
I lived thirty-five miles from Dartmouth and there were no jobs. All of the jobs had been taken by the time I got back from the war and having operations and such. I was afraid. First work I did, I wasnt supposed to do hard work, I was trapping. I told my wife I was going trapping. She knew I had trapped, but I never trapped when we were married. I did really good and that helped me a lot. I was alone. I would leave home sometimes Monday morning and not get back until Saturday. It made a big difference to me. When you are disfigured you are self conscious all the time people are near. It doesnt bother me as much today, but if I go to a place where I am a stranger people stare at me. I know they stare at me, young kids especially. It hasnt all been a picnic.
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