Mom Saint Patrick’s Day 1919
I am particularly fond of the color of the Witch Hazel in the header above. To be perfectly honest, I don’t own many orange clothes, but you will find the color in my garden. So, when I say I like colors, I mean in the garden, or works of art. Van Gogh used yellows and oranges in his paintings, as well as blues which I do wear. Is there anyone who doesn’t love Van Gogh?
Now I don’t want to offend anyone, but on Saint Patrick’s Day when many others wore green, my grandmother always tied a big orange ribbon in my Mom’s hair. My Mom’s family, descended from the Dutch who followed the Prince of Orange from Holland to England in the seventeenth century were the children of recent immigrants from the Netherlands. Orange is the Dutch color. William, Prince of Orange, later, William of William and Mary fame was associated with the disposition of the Catholic Charles II in England. Many Protestants saw William as their champion.
I don’t know much Irish history, but I think the Catholic Irish hated William. My ancestors were pretty far down on the totem pole, so I don’t know why grandma had a bee in her bonnet about the Irish, but Mom ran off and married a Catholic, albeit, not an Irish Catholic, which would have been worse, but her marriage caused some friction in her family.
Tax season always gives us a dose of hard reality. We got the medical part assembled, and I can hardly believe it. We spent about $20,000 on medical last year. We each have Medicare and our own insurance plan, but this is amazing. About half of these expenses are for prescription drugs. The rest is a mix of insurance payments and other expenses. So when you read that the largest expense seniors have is medical, believe it. And David and I are fairly healthy for our ages. God help those who are not.
I’m about three-quarters of the way through Max Hastings Inferno, another book about WWII. I have enjoyed this book which covers The War in Asia, Russia, North Africa and the Middle East, and Italy. Basically, the Russians defeated Hitler by throwing bodies at the Nazis, and the Americans defeated Tojo’s forces because American Industry built better ships, and the Marines were the best fighting force on earth, according to Hastings.
Richard Ovary (Why the Allies Won), says The War was over in 1942, but the Japanese kept fighting. Their apparent goal was to kill as many of the Allied as they could before they finally surrendered. Understanding this situation explains why Truman felt he had no choice but to use the Atomic bomb.
Factoid 1: The Nazis had an outfit called the ‘Moslem Waffen SS’ composed of migrants from the Middle East? Seems some from the Middle East have hated Jews for a very long time.
Factoid 2: The Japanese had the Indian National Army composed of Indian nationalists ‘deserters’ who fought the British.
WWII was very complex and led to the loss of many lives. Many people didn’t know why they were fighting, and many were fighting to settle old scores often with neighbors or others. Inter-ethnic rivalry is a fearsome thing.