Thursday, April 3, 2014
The A to Z Challenge: C is for Charlie
Charlie is already in his middle years when we first meet him. From the age of around five he had an extremely hard childhood.
As a small boy he was a victim of the Highland Clearances, the forced displacement of much of the population of the Scottish Highlands, losing his home, his family, and even his country. This left him a hard, bitter man, almost incapable of showing affection, and wary of trusting anyone. He is in many ways his own worst enemy.
Forced from their homes:
Packed onto a boat, never to see Scotland again:
Charlie shows how deep damage can run; he also (I hope) shows the power of forgiveness.
I envisage him with Liam Neeson's build, but with red hair, now greying, and a full beard.