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A birthday in France – 1944

January 25th, 2011 ·2 Comments

My Aunt Geraldine had a reputation for being dominant and domineering and bossy and with a hot temper to boot. A couple of my cousins called her “The Commander”. She was my father’s oldest sister. As I have been reaching into boxes and bags and letters come out to a young soldier overseas, I have noticed that they are often signed “Love, Geraldine”.  And this birthday card? She made certain to get it mailed a whole month before my dad’s birthday on November 12th. I guess there was a softer side to her . . .

Of course, it is very possible that I might not have found these letters because at some point my dad and his sisters were going through a lot of old stuff and Geraldine lit a fire in a barrel out back.  As I understand it, one entire afternoon Aunt Geraldine was tossing things in the ‘to burn’ pile and my dad was pulling them out.

(I think Bill Alexander must be the brother of Al Alexander, who was married to my Aunt Evelyn. )

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  • 1 pottermom // Jan 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    love the history. I’m afraid the history I have isn’t fit for public consumption….. sordid tales of the family past. Best to remain unknown by the masses.

  • 2 AmeliaJake // Jan 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

    Ah, you have forgotten THIS POST
    I think I neglected to mention my great-great grandfather supposedly stole his son’s horse to head west.

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