House # 2, 3, & 4

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House # 2, 3, & 4

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The second house I lived in was only for about two weeks. I don’t have a photo of it.

We’d just gotten married, while my husband was on Christmas leave from the Army. His parents said we could stay at their house while they were gone back to east TX for the holidays. They didn’t come to our wedding on the 23rd. I guess it was no big deal to them, or didn’t really think we’d get married, or maybe just couldn’t change their plans. I don’t know.

After the two weeks, he had to report back to his Army base, and I went back to my parent’s house. It was almost a year before I saw him again. We did have a couple of breaks, where he came home from Viet Nam for a week or so, and another when I went to meet him in Hawaii for R & R.

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Then we got to be together again, and we moved to his next station, which was in Lawton Oklahoma at Fort Sill Army base.

This house was a duplex, and most of the neighborhood had Army wives staying home while the men were at work on base.

None of us worked, so we’d get together to hang out during the day. We’d play board games, cards, and watch TV.

We were there for awhile in this one, which had a very small living room, one bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The rent was 60 dollars a month.

small grey house with white lattice for red climbing roses

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Then we moved around the corner to another duplex. I don’t know why, but I liked it okay. It was 65 dollars a month rent, and had the same small number of rooms.

One or two things stand out while we were living there. I was pregnant, and lost the baby a few months into it.

This house was where we had all the tarantula spiders crawling everywhere.

We had a nice part beagle dog Sam, a Siamese cat Mr. Kat, two gerbils, and my long time parakeet, Igor.

Then the Mr. was transferred again, this time to Germany. I went back home to my parents house until I could join him.

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Oh, before I go there was one thing I remember that was weird when we lived here. I’d had a bad feeling all day of something going to happen. The feeling just wouldn’t go away. Then later that evening we got a telegram at the door. It said my sister’s fiance had been killed with two of his brothers as their car stalled on some railroad tracks and the train hit them. So sad and awful. I must have had a sort of premonition of tragedy.

small yellow house with big evergreen tree in the front

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

 

12 responses »

    • Thanks so much, Ellen! ❤ We do have those spiders we see sometimes, but that time at the house, my husband and a friend collected a bunch and turned them loose in our yard. 🙂

    • Thanks, Sadje! We sure did move around a lot. I didn’t mind, and it was a big adventure to be living in so many places over the years. Sure wouldn’t want to do it now, though. 🙂

      • You’re welcome ! I’ve lived somewhat similar life with both my father and then my husband being in civil service. But we weren’t moving that frequently.

      • It is a different kind of life when they are in the service. I do feel lucky to have gotten to travel to so many places in the world, though. 🙂

  1. We do have a lot in common. I was an army wife back in the 1950s, we lived in Germany, and in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arizona. An interesting part of my life, living abroad was a great experience for young people.

    • Thanks so much! Yes it is interesting to travel around and see other parts of the world. I’m glad we had the chance to do this, even if there were times he’d be gone on assignment sometimes. We were in Germany in 1972, and in Japan in 1979. 🙂

      • I know, my husband would be off on manuevers for weeks at a time, leaving us wives to fend for and entertain ourselves. We used to play Canasta, and Scrabble. I was in Germany with him for a year and a half, he was already into his first tour when we got married. Then a few years later he went to Korea, and I stayed here in Ohio in a trailer park with our little girl. I arrived in Germany on Christmas Day, 1955.

      • Yes, I know how that goes. It’s good that the wives have the friendship and support of other wives while the men are gone. Mine went to Korea, too, and his last overseas assignment was in Somalia. The girls and I managed while he was gone. 🙂

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