Monthly Archives: August 2015

The wonder of parenthood

Tuesday, August 31, 1943 “It really is wonderful, isn’t it!,” Lois marveled to her parents: “You look and look and look and marvel at the miracle of a new life out of nothing. Full of its own future problems and … Continue reading

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Having a baby is no small trifle

Monday, August 30, 1943 Abe was proving a devoted husband as Lois and her baby came home. Housework didn’t faze him as Lois wrote to her parents: “ Abe is running himself ragged getting things ready and doing countless chores … Continue reading

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Your grandchild – a final link to the future

Sunday, August 29, 1943 “Dear Ma & Pa,” Lois wrote . “Today is Sunday and I’m to sit on the edge of the bed and dangle my feet. After that I can sit in a chair and tomorrow Abe will … Continue reading

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Saved by headhunters

 Saturday, August 28, 1943 Confined to bed, Lois probably didn’t follow much news. American Catholics were sounding an alarm about Stalin’s post-war intentions. But eyes were on the Pacific today as the paper announced,  “Yanks Seize New Georgia.” Allied advances … Continue reading

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When Penicillin was in short supply…

Thursday, August 26, 1943 A regular feature in the papers now were lists of those missing, wounded, or killed in action. Often pictures were posted of the young men and women, smiling and proud in happier days. Lois’ father made … Continue reading

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“Start Santa on his way now”

Wednesday, August 25, 1943 A loving letter came today from Lois’ mother: “My beloved children and granddaughter, we are so excited with the newcomer that I can’t even concentrate my mind to write.” She then went on to pen two … Continue reading

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“Shell Shock” redefined

Tuesday, August 24, 1943 Today we talk about “dad jeans” and “dad bods.” The “Dad draft” , now announced for Jan. 1, 1944, was a different matter entirely. Seven out of 100 fathers would yield an additional 446,000 men under … Continue reading

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