Her name was Mary
met her in Europe
in the middle of the war.
I got her eyebrows
, and her wild hair
She and Grandpa were both of Irish descent
She was born in England
and she grew up Catholic
He grew up in the States
; he was Protestant
. The wedding photos are a blur
Prior to Grandpa's death, we had always believed that she was the first one to leave
, and that my father was raised by a well-meaning stranger
because his mother didn't love him.
When we cleaned out his hotel, we found otherwise; it was in the form of letters she had written to his sister
. Beautiful penmanship and British spellings.
Frequent use of words like "frantic
," "another woman
." She wrote with a clipped English lilt
. I always imagined her speaking so too.
She died in '74. Married again, we think. We got her obit
at the library. Dad and I talk about looking up his half-sister
for kicks, but we forget.
His stepmother's name was Laura
, true to Little House on the Prairie