There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Friday, April 8, 2011

Birthday Dinner



One of Dad’s favorite meals
is meatballs, gravy, and
hot buttered noodles.

Tonight the table is set
for a birthday dinner.
Dad is ready with
a broad smile and a
napkin tucked into his shirt.
Mom dishes out a big
portion of meatballs, gravy,
and hot oleoed noodles.
Dad takes a bite of meatball.
He chews.
He swallows.
"Darlin’" he says,
"You did something a
little different here."
"It’s just chopped chuck
and an egg," Mom says.
"And Wheaties?" Mom says.

"Uh, huh," says Dad
putting down his fork.
He turns to us. "Hey kids,
who’s ready for cake?"

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

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