April A-Z: A Month of Many Tears

February, 1941 was a month of many tears. Friday, February 7th, 1941 I was having pains down low today and tears stood in my eyes several times.  Right after supper, Jacob came up and we walked in pouring rain down to the library.  Brought back some magazines and then brought my radio into the kitchen…

April A-Z: Krol

As I have written about before, Babu has had a friend that always interested me.  She wasn’t part of the “main core” of friends but she was important. Please read this post about Johnny Krol before continuing! Who is Johnny Krol?   Wednesday, April 26th, 1939 Because I didn’t say hello to Johnny last night,…

April A-Z: Franklin D.

Wednesday, October 30th, 1940 The president of the U.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Springfield today and we all saw him.  We were hanging out of our office windows as he went by and he looked up at us, smiled and waved.  It was a thrill and I waved and shouted with the rest.  Jake and…

April A-Z: Enlistment

Here we are, September, 1940, and, as we know, the rumbles of World War Two were grumbling on already – with out us.  A draft for able bodied men is about to take effect.  Some men will register for the draft and let fate decide.  Some, I’m sure, tried to evade.  It’s a logical thing…

April A-Z: Divvying and Dreaming

This past March was tense and difficult.  The 11th was Babu’s birthday but instead of her, we had a job.  Adam’s uncle, Tony, came from Tennessee and helped to start the process of doling out things that were hers and now theirs.  You can imagine how that can go.  At some point one night during…

April A-Z: Contact

It has finally happened and it has warmed my heart.  The world is not so large as I once thought.  I knew eventually someone would contact me through the blog about someone they knew or about a family member they heard about but never got to meet. Out there, even beyond the blogosphere, there is…

April A-Z: The Blow Up, September, 1940

I would bet some of you will be able to relate.  I currently have 19 posts in various forms of no where near publish-ready hanging out at the top of my screen.  What a great mine for posts when looking for gold during the April A-Z Challenge.  This is a post I began a while…

April A-Z: Absence

… This is having no reason to keep 480 packets of Polident. (We were unable to throw it out.) An empty room. (Filling with boxes to be sent.  This one to Tennessee, this one just down the street.) 2:00 comes (routine, routine, routine) and there’s nothing to do. We have started to fill our time…

April A-Z: November, 1939: Doubts

Here is an extra post for April A-Z for D.  I leave this here as a record of where Babu and “Peaches” or “Cookie” or whatever sweet thing she is calling Jake, are in this moment.  Yes, here is the typical Babu, doubting: Monday, November 13th, 1939 My honey took me to work this morn…

April A to Z: Dawn Dance

The first time I ever read about “Dawn Dances” was October 11th, 1937.  I wrote about it in this post: A Brief History of Dance Feel free to click on that link and check out the entire post, it was a fun one!  This is a snippet of what I wrote: Monday, October 11th, 1937…

April A-Z Birds and Breakfast

I jumped on WordPress this morning in a scurry to catch up with the A-Z Challenge and my reader was full of birds.  A robin from nature has no boss and many cardinals from avian101.  I wont post the pictures as they belong to these photographers, but checking out their post is worthwhile.  They inspired…

April A-Z: Garden

My garden is waiting.  It greeted the late snow, and the snow again, as a spouse greets in laws to their home.  But, the garden is more patient and willing than that.  It germinates beneath the soil and sprouts bulbs and already flowers Daffodils.  It says: “Hello!” on those decent, just barely decent, weather days. …