|My Grandmother Helen turned 90!|
This January- my hero had her Birthday. My Grandmother, the one who has told me the most about living out WWII rationing and life during the War turned 90 years old. It was a wonderful time to celebrate with her and to hear some new stories.
My Grandmother is the reason that I chose to see what living under WWII rations was like. She has an amazing story. She was married at the beginning of the War and followed my Grandfather as he went through flight training in the south, then to California where she worked as a riveter making air planes. She was sent back to South Dakota to live with my Grandfathers dad when she couldn’t live on base with my Grandfather, then would pack up 6 months later to join him somewhere else. She learned to live on very little and to be happy sharing a home with other military wives, sleeping on the couch because there were not enough bedrooms. (Many bases did not have family housing).
|With my hero!|
My Grandmother is a strong woman – who learned how to care for herself and do what she needed to do to keep a family while my grandfather flew DC3’s from Brazil to Mexico for repairs then flew them back to Brazil (on their way to Europe). This experiment has been a wonderful way to connect with my Grandmother and to hear the woman’s side of the story of WWII.
It was amazing to see how people honored the life of my grandmother and I was glad to be a part of it. The history and stories of this generation is so important to hear and to remember. They are amazing stories of survival and of finding joy in the midst of chaos. They truly are the greatest generation and I am proud to know them and learn from them.