I’ve been looking for this photograph for a long time. I recalled its existence but not as many of the details as I thought. A visit with my mother and sister, Suzanne, led to an afternoon spent prowling through old photo albums. This little gem popped out, and I jumped on it, secured it, and now intend to use it for my own nefarious purposes.
Every family seems to generate blackmail photos. I spent a fair amount of energy avoiding all photography events. On the other hand, my mother has quite a large collection of photos taken during her high school days and during her nurses training at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO where she was a member of the Army Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII. Generational gaps narrow down quite a bit when the younger folks get to see the older ones when the older ones were younger.
While I didn’t discover any blackmail photos, I got to see her as she was when she was young, single, and in the pipeline for service in a combat theater. That’s somewhat of a unique view, one that we early Boomers should try to establish for all the families who had members in similar situations. There’s really not an equal opportunity for Gen X and Millenials as there is no large national effort such as WWII that involves the entire populace in a common effort. Korea and VietNam differ due to the smaller numbers of men and women who wound up in those wars while the nation largely ignored the troops unless directly related.
I promised some of my Compendiot friends that I would post this photo if I ever located it. So, here I was about 1972 along with older daughter Caitlin.