photo - Karen as a Brownie Scout

Walking the Fence

Growing up as a Army brat (dependent) had it advantages. I was surrounded by many other Army brats who all knew the drill. Quickly make friends, go to school and take part in school activities, and most important was to hit the playgrounds in the housing area. When living in Giessen, Germany we lived in …

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photo: Karen

Others Missed Out on Knowing Me

Growing up as an Army brat (child of career military personnel) meant moving often which resulted in leaving friends when we moved to a new location. Wherever we were, there was not much time to form a true bond with our friends. Seems that trend has stayed with me throughout life because it is difficult …

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photo: Karen

What I Want to Do and Be When I Grow Up

This picture is of me when I was sixteen sitting in my older brother’s room. He’s a big Beatles fan and if you look closely at the wall behind me is a Beatles poster. The mirror on the left is an antique mirror my parents got while we lived in Germany. We had been living …

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photo: My family and others at Frankfurt American Airport

At Frankfurt American Airport

Left to right in the picture above is Dehart, Inger, me in the pink dress, Billie, mom, Michael, dad and my brother Kevin. My family took several families to the Frankfurt American Airport in Frankfurt, Germany when it was time for them to return stateside. The day we took this family (if I remember correctly, …

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The Invisible Ball

In the photo above is mom on the right, my brother Glenn, our friend Bob holding my brother Kevin, Bob’s wife Elaine and me in front of Elaine.  We had taken Bob and Elaine to the Frankfurt American Airport in Frankfurt, Germany for them to return home to the states. We first knew Bob and …

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At the Springs

After spending five of the last six years living in Germany due to my father’s Army assignment, we were stateside again. My first – third grades and my fifth – sixth were at American schools on Army posts in Germany. Dad’s new orders were for Vietnam, and this time mom wanted us to live in …

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? was one of the first expressions I learned when living in Germany. It means “do you speak German”. My first – third grades were in American school in Giessen, Germany. Dad was stationed there while serving in the Army several years before when we were there as a family. When he was …

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Meeting New, Old Friends

One of dad’s Army assignments was what ended up being the birthplace of my older brother, Glenn, and me. He was stationed there for about four years. He and mom and the couple in the photo, Willie and Alice Rentfrow, became close friends while stationed there. Mom and dad wanted them to be Glenn’s Godparents, …

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Fun by the Bayou

My parents and grandparents loved to have cookouts with family and friends. This left me and my brother often around more grown ups than with children our age. This cookout was different. My parents and grandparents were with adults, but this time we were with others our age – with our cousins. This cookout was …

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Ready to Shop

With my purse in hand and standing by our car, I must have been ready to go shopping! It reminds me of my maternal grandmother handing me “a few dollars” (as she would like to say) to buy something for myself. She did this until I was in my early adulthood. Momo would tell me …

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