Just Pepper and Bear
“This is the stipulation… Lisps are unacceptable. Therefore, if your daughter wants to attend in the fall, she will have to get rid of that accent. I don’t want one of our teachers sounding like she grew up in a slum.”
I don’t want to let the month of April end without acknowledging all our military kids. Despite this weird and tragic time, I think it is imperative we do not loose sight of what and who is most important. In fact, it is more important during times like this, we do not loose sight of what makes us who we are and what we value. And I value military kids, especially my own three Army brats.
Diane heard the sneers directed at her Czech community from outside the ghetto. But, when high school graduation came in May, she applied to St. John’s College in Cleveland anyway.
Diane’s mother had stopped singing. The baby, Danny, was only a few weeks old that summer—the summer, their dad died suddenly.
At the time, very few women had careers. With limited options, they could become a housewife, a secretary, or a nurse. Some could pursue a teaching profession as well, which is exactly what Diane wanted to do.
It was not till later that she understood how she must have looked: a skinny girl, from the ethnically isolated slums of Cleveland, bravely carrying an arm full of books across town by herself.
She also knew her mother faced criticism not only from the family, but the entire neighborhood for letting her attend high school –education was a waste for girls.
There is not much to the stubble of green with two pitiful blossoms. People may even call it ugly and want to pull it out, replacing it with something better.
“The streets, painted in rainbows of pastels and blossoms, had also revealed a disturbing and complex history on full display alongside the architectural and natural beauty.”
How I learned history Positive memories of my childhood and how I grew up as a young Army wife Positive memories of my childhood revolve around culture and history. My parents were educators, so my siblings and I were surrounded by experiences revolving around...