Umber (19.30 — Vera’s Story)

April 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the autumn of 1917, Kate’s husband, Stanley, was sent to France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces.  Kate was eight months pregnant.  Now that Ervin was older, he spent most of the time after school with Papa and Delbert, and didn’t need my supervision.  So Papa decided I could finish high school in Kearney and stay with my sister to help with the baby.  After a long and miserable labor, Kate gave birth to Alfred, a cheerful little boy who slept a lot.  Soon I was pushing his perambulator along the sidewalks in town, pretending to be a married woman.  


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