Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carry over on Patriotism


I have mentioned before about the sacrifices of our country when the world was at war.  For folks who did not live thru the homeland during that time, it cannot be understood. Even the newer generations in Great Britain probably cannot appreciate what that great country suffered during THE WAR!


Of course it is always the man on the front lines and all ships at sea that are mostly remembered, and they definitely deserve praise and appreciation. But not truly appreciated are the wives and mothers who were at home managing budgets, feeding children and babies. Many holding down full time defense jobs or working in mills to keep the ‘WAR MACHINE’ going and explaining why daddy isn’t home and answering a million questions.


I remember Paula saying she still has (or at least remembers) her mother’s ration stamp book. I was just a kid, but I knew about rationing. Every necessary commodity was rationed. Sugar, Coffee, leather, tires, gas, oil and a multitude of other things that families at home had to work around and without.


Anyway, we know our VETS have brought us victory on many fronts, but the families over came many obstacles on the home front and dealt with stress unimaginable.


My heart felt thanks all the wives, mothers, dads and girlfriends, who tried and succeeded at home.  And since it is personal, especially to my wife, who worked, managed two tough kids, packed, moved, shipped household goods, helped with homework, cooked and kept the home fires burning, while I was out to sea.

(She definitely had the toughest job!)

 Thanks for listening.

Nite Shipslog


Money will buy a fine dog ...

but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

(Just something I read)


1937 Plymouth

1937 Plymouth, a beauty


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Great point you made there today. There are many still making those sacrifices like your Sherry when you were at sea. There are lots of women and men too that have the big job of holding down the fort when their other half is away and it's not an easy thing at all. It's a cold and frosty day up north today but so far no snow!

betty said...

Great tribute to the families of military! It is a hard road for sure, as Sherry can attest to!


Paula said...

I do still have that book put away. I think they got one for each member of the family. Not sure exactly how it worked but I can remember mama using them for coffee and sugar. I agree the women like Sherry did a wonderful job taking care of everything.

Chatty Crone said...

Well I owe you three thanks - thank you, thank you, and thank you! My hubs a Vietnam Army vet.

shirl72 said...

I remember the two stars hanging
on our door. Mother would
announce that the boys were coming
home we watch the door all the time.
I remember the stamps I wanted a
pair of patton leather shoes and
mother used some stamp to buy them.

Mevely317 said...

I really liked this point of view, Jack.
... especially the olden flyers/photos!
In spite of the advantages today's military wives are afforded, the emotional toll has to be the same. It takes 2!


Something that needed to be said, for sure. A wonderful tribute to those ladies and family members.

Elizabeth said...

Wonderful post ! I remember my Mother talking about the rationing !

Rose said...

This was a beautiful post and a great tribute to all.

Hugs to my favorite couple!