Sherry, back in Belmont, she had decided since I would be gone ‘only’ 6 weeks, she would help Lennie with her two children and be a live in baby sitter. Her older sister Lennie was like a second mama to Sherry and the kids (Brenda and Mark) were like ‘hers’.
(Taken at Von Dale’s house, My first job in building was installing that ceiling tile you see over head!)
(Taken in Elmer and Lennie’s yard, She sent me this picture)
She also spent a lot of time writing letters to Her JACK and mailing them to an APO address in NY. That was the mail distribution for the military. I have no idea how they kept up with every one.
All was well in Belmont, she had her driver’s license that she had earned in Jacksonville, NC, and I was reminded by Paula’s speeding ticket (down in Texas) that SHERRY WAS A SPEED DEMON. I always told her if she saw a car a mile ahead something in her mind said “Catch that sucker and pass him.” I sorta say that in disgust, that girl is a very good driver and lucky as an Irishman finding a leprechaun, with a pot-o-gold when it comes to tickets. SHE HAS NEVER HAD ONE!
Oh I will tell you this and it is the TRUTH, she was stopped once when driving at the War College in Norfolk. She was pulled over for driving 12mph in a 10mph speed zone. She got only a warning!
Our Anniversary came, Sept. 22 1957, It was a Sunday. Sherry and our good friend Martha Carver ate dinner with my mama and daddy. It wasn’t long until………………………………
SHERRY GOT THE BAD NEWS….. The 6 weeks has been extended, no specific time!
So to fill her time and save some money, she applied for and got her old job back with no problem. She was regular in church and at writing letters to Corporal Darnell.
There was a problem in the middle east then, and NATO thought it would be good to hold part of the task force back in case we were needed.
Thus an introduction to a part of life in the military that one must learn to live with, FLEXABILITY. For someone whose life had been sorta regimented and in order all her life, she adapted very well. This girl has made life good no matter where we were.
So she began a long wait and see when Jack would be home. BUT one thing she knew, I was due for discharge mid January!
So, Life in Belmont went on.
The molding into the military life well, did not stop the tears on some lonely nights on both ends of the separation.
Paula eluded to that in a comment about, Military separations, that they are at times worse on the waiting families than the service member. She is right! You folks who waited are troopers.
The up coming 1958 cars