- Supporter in 2020
- For the Love of Pigs
I'm going to have to check Ms. Betty out.
I will never forget that trip. I had long talks with my Dad prior to going, he talked me into going. He wanted me to see and learn all I could of course, but the biggest thing was to see the lack of honor in the whole mess that lead to the holocaust. To understand the need to have your own code, to never hide behind orders because going along with everyone else is easy.
I will try to display a sample of her work:
It's come to light she wasn't writing notes for her work. For almost 30 years she's been writing about my father's experiences with war, or more importantly, how those experiences impacted or coincided with family events and relationships.
Each living family member (23 people) has been given a completed manuscript entitled, On Behalf of a Grateful Family. My father, like the rest of us had no idea. At first, I think he was a little out of sorts. I believe he always had an idea he would write about his experiences. Very quickly into the read 2 things become apparent, my Mom can write really well. The second thing is the story is told in an extraordinarily unique way.
At different times it can be hysterical, dark as midnight, hopeful, thankful, tragic, depressing and more.
Unfortunately, people had to talk, and of course, outsiders have seen the writing, which was not intended. My mom has been contacted by several literary types.
Her stock answer is, it's very personal, it wasn't intended to ever be anything other than something I did for your father and our family. So probably no, not interested but if he convinces me otherwise, who knows. Why write it? A. I had kept a journal as long as I can remember. I knew when your father stepped into my medivac during the first gulf war when we were just kids something was unique about this guy. Almost from the time he got in the door, looked up at me with the biggest twinkling eye smile I'd ever seen and said "hey, what's up"? I just knew, I knew he was the one, even though I wasn't looking for the one at that time, far from it. But he became a key topic of my journals until I thought heck, give him his own
Why finish it now? A. Well it's about war impacting family relations and events. That part of life, for the most part, has concluded. The death of our dear friend Como, for whom I am eternally thankful for because without his insight, retelling of events, friendship and encouragement (interesting he was the only person who knew she was writing it) I never would have been able to write it. His passing reminded us how fragile life can be. I hope someday she will allow me to post some passages. I am so proud of her.