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    Posted August 25, 2014 by
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    When grandparents were cool

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    My grandmother was one of the strongest women I know. She married at a young age and had three children - my father being the youngest. She once told me she always wanted to be a wife and mother, but I know she also loved horses and met my grandfather through horseback riding. She endured the loss of her eldest son when he died from complications of the flu and had to raise my father as a single parent, whereas her husband remarried and her daughter had a family of her own.

    When my father was only 17, he enlisted and served in WWII. He had a special bond with his mom and wanted to be the man of the family and take care of her. He wrote a letter to his mom almost every day he was serving in the Seabees in Okinawa Japan. It is through those letters that I have grown to know my grandmother and establish a deep respect and love for her. I am compiling the hundreds of letters written by my father to his mom in order to create a memoir in honor of my grandmother and my father. Some of the letters brought tears to my eyes, and shared some historical events, but most were from a teenager missing his home and the love of his family during a time when our country was at war. My grandmother was always there for him.

    We owe a lot to our service men and women, but also to their families. I honor my grandmother Ethel Whitcomb Lee for teaching my father how to be a wonderful, loving and supportive father to me so that I could teach the same values to my son.
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