My great-grandmother Francis Nichols., Green Bay WI, circa 1884. (I think this is a wedding photo.)
Awake at 1AM again, slept fitfully the rest of the night thinking about the mêlée in Paris. A reporter we heard interviewed a man whose daughter, trapped in Paris, reached him on her cellphone. A wealthy and famous man, he had chartered a plane to fly to Paris this AM and retrieve his daughter who had escaped to shelter somewhere in the city until his arrival. I wept while I listened to him relate his parental anguish and felt sympathy for all the kids trapped in the city by murderous thugs, as well as their anguished parents.
But this is not new, and it will end. History includes episode after episode of people fleeing for their lives in the midst of some religio-political upheaval. David’s Mom caught in the Russian Revolution and escaped on the trans-Siberian RR. She said, “Life was not worth a tinker’s dam in those days.”
Living in our so-called modern age we think these types of assaults are behind us, but we are wrong. Don’t blame religion, people can behave in uncivilized ways no matter what…look at Ferguson MO.
Yesterday, I received a copy of granddaughter Rita’s sonogram. Her baby is due May 23. She says she and the baby’s father will discover the baby’s sex December 7. I am eschewing advice-giving because Rita’s Mom is doing fine in that area. Besides I had all my kids more than 50 years ago and daughter Connie has more recent experience.
I am crocheting a baby blanket which should be ready by next May. My great-grandmother Frances Nichols, who lived until 1956 knitted a baby blanket for me which I had many years afterward.
Frances had a son who became a much decorated WWI hero. While he was serving in France, she knitted over 500 sweaters for the Red Cross which shipped them to the boys at the front. It was awfully cold in the trenches in France.