Like every other soldier still on duty, Dad longed to be home with his family. He and his twin brother Eddie would turn 24 on November 30, 1945, and Dad wanted so much to celebrate that post-war birthday, though Eddie would be home for it, not Dad. November 30 of this year Dad would have been 90. I’ve included in the last part of the WWII blog some photos of Mom and Dad right after he became a civilian again in 1946, and photos of them from the 1980’s. The last photo I took of Dad was in his living room in his favroite chair holding their very much loved dog, Benji. Dad was at his happiest when playing his guitar, and I took a candid shot of him in his study doing what he loved best. A favorite photo of our family was the one of Dad and my brother playing their guitars together. We all joked about the potted plant behind Dad that looked as though it were growing out of his head and made him look like Carmen Miranda.
Dear Mom and Dad,
I received you letter of November 15 yesterday (Eddie & Marge’s anniversary) I was going to answer it last night, but we had a fire at the gas dump. Some fun! I would like to have the money that went up in smoke there last night.
Mom, when Bonnie goes around the house all day singing, you can be sure she is happy. Boy, was I glad to hear that. She has really been through a lot, but now I know she is all right, and I’m not one bit worried. What a wonderful feeling that is. You can be sure she won’t have to get nerve medicine from her doctor anymore…unless all women have to take it when they’re going to have babies. By George, it won’t be long now before you’ll be a grandmother and grandfather again. Say, Dad, do you feel “old?” You’d had better sit down in a chair and rest. Egad, that sounds comfortable. Move over, old boy! What do you say to tapping a couple of bottles, huh? You sure? OK. Hi Bonn, let’s have some Pepsi-Cola in here.
Boy, I sure hope Eddie can get home for our birthday. I received a letter from him today, and he said he hopes to be there. That is only a week from today. We’ll be a whopping 24! It’ll be swell to see Eddie and celebrate the birthday together. I would have liked to be there when he gets his new guitar. Man, oh man, will he be happy! Mine is still going swell. I play it quite a lot. If he gets home, he’ll be there for Christmas and New Year’s Eve too, won’t he?
Well, I see it’s a quarter ‘til twelve, so I’m going to hit the hay. Good night, and God bless you and keep you safe. I hope I can see you soon. Please keep me informed about how Bonnie is doing with her pregnancy. She never complains, so I can’t tell if she’s being on the level with me that she is having no problems. I’m so excited about the baby coming in March. Think of it, I’m going to be a dad! Tell Bonn and Vi I said hello.
Your loving son,