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One War, One Wife, Five Daughters October 15, 2009

Posted by Ageless Dreamer Foundation in Ageless Dreamer.

Did I ever tell you about my parents?  Dad’s 91 in March and Mom’s 88 in December. Are you ready for this?  They’ll be married 67 years come May 2010.  Can you imagine?  Phew. I don’t know how she did it accept she encouraged him to go deep sea fishing almost every weekend when we were growing up.  The “we” is five daughters – all Baby Boomers.  And we only had ONE bathroom!    Yes, you read that right: Five girls (plus Mom) and ONE bathroom.  We lived in a cape cod style home that Mom and Dad built in Massachusetts, before it was taken by eminent domain by the state, just after their first mortgage burning party. Not a happy time when the bridge over Lake Quinsigamond was built and POOF both our house and my grandparents next door lost their properties. Oh sure, they got a little bit of money — something like $ 19,000. before legal fees.  But that’s another story.

This one is about tomorrow. My husband and I are taking Mom and Dad  to Washington, DC to cross one more item off their bucket list.  An Army Vet, Dad dreams of seeing the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetary.  Mom dreams of Dad having his dream.  So we go for four days down memory lane — rain or shine.  I’m bringing an umbrella and Flip Video to document Dad’s experience with his first, and most likely, last visit to see the Memorial that was built to honor all the Vet’s from WWII.    It will be an emotional time, I’m sure.

By the way: the second and last home they still live in also has only ONE bathroom.  Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned from that, although I don’t know what it might be. Please let me know if you have  any ideas.



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