Not too much going on here, as usual.. McGyver and I have been helping Uncle Jr. and Aunt Jeanette with grocery shopping and his bi-weekly Physical Therapy appointments. Our weather here has been horrible…cold and windy…It usually is in the “teens” when we get up, and we both have missed walking in the morning the past few days…When those wind chill temps are in the single digits….it just isn’t happening!!
When we go to Uncle Jr’s house we usually end up in their kitchen having some snacks and a glass of wine/beer…(I really think that the wine is the reason they are still here…That’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it!)…Anyway, we always sit and have a really nice visit, and many times Uncle Jr. starts talking about his WWII experience…
No, it isn’t that warm here..This was taken August of 2012…..ahhh the good ol’ days of summer !!
Well, Uncle Jr. didn’t disappoint…. He began to reflect about what happened to him on December 7th, 1941…the day the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor…He had enlisted in September of 1941, and was in Pensacola, FL at the base there on Dec. 7th that year. …The minute I had a feeling he was “going there”, I casually put my cell phone on the table and turned on the voice recorder….I didn’t want to alert them I was recording, and I’m sure he never realized it…I had it on for about 20 minutes, and WOW… I got some great stuff about his duty ..and in his own voice ( sometimes muffled by tears..) In another blog I will give you a short rendition of his experiences in the Pacific Fleet during the war…amazing. …I also caught Jeanette telling about growing up in the little town of Earlville, IL…(FYI, Jeanette will be 98 years young this year..)..
I didn’t even dare listen to it until we got home…I was hoping and praying that it turned out OK…..AND IT IS UNBELIEVABLE!! Today, McGyver loaded the audio onto our computer so we can make a disk of those conversations…Our kids and grandkids need to hear this and it is really neat that we can keep it with us long after they are gone…I fully intend to get some more audio of them another time we go up there….Young people can certainly benefit from hearing what our elders experienced…I feel very blessed to have gotten this on audio….SCORE!!!!
I also want to mention that today is our “baby’s” (Christie),39th birthday….
“Moi” and Christie, left picture…On the right, our 2 beautiful daughters, left is Terrie, and right is Christie..our baby….
Sooooo…we zoomed right over the first official day of Spring…with snow and cold and wind chills at zero, I might add. There IS one member of our family who refuses to let this weather bother her….Our granddaughter, Taylor, age 14 1/2…Ah, youth…
Never mind the snow in the backyard, Taylor Kate Heiser is excited that next week is SPRING BREAK for the kids in Sugar Grove, IL….a little crazy, this one…wonder where she gets that??????
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