I was very aware of time I spent with my grandmother. Mother was always busy having babies and

taking care of them, so I got to spend a lot of time with grown ups.

Later, that was a disadvantage. It set me apart from the little guys, yet when I was at home, I was

expected to be in charge since I was the oldest. It was hard since I didn’t know them so well.

Dad helped Mother by taking us kids for long walks and also on trips to the candy store. Everyone got a penny and to choose their own candy. I liked a long whip of licorice or a wrapped Maryjane.

Nancyann (Feb. ‘15) also recalls, “During WW II, we had no butter. Mother bought a pound of lard. It came with a packet of yellow powder that she mashed into the softened lard.”

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