This is taken place in the 1940s during the war, and the man is the husband and father, Ralph, he is in the army. He's a private first class. He hasn't been overseas yet, he just finished basic training, he could be stationed state side, and the family is visiting him. This is one of the first times they've visited him. This takes place in a warm climate, where it is dry and hot, such as Texas, because it looks hot and there isn't much greenery. This is a Christmas tree that the soldiers put up to remind themselves that it's Christmas, they painted it white and put tin foil on like candles. The family is visiting because it's the holiday season. We are unsure what the openings under the barracks are for. Ralph is happy and proud that his family is there visiting him to distract him from the boredom of camp. The wife's name is Rita, and the two daughters, Sheila (the oldest) and Audrey, and one son, Ralph Jr. The son is sucking his thumb so he must be fairly young. The family dressed as fancy as they could to make it a special day for Ralph while they were visiting. The family traveled from a suburban area or , and they are middle class. Ralph can show his family around the rest of the camp, such as his barracks and the mes hall, and he wants to tell them what his days are like there, as well as catch up on what is going on in their lives. Maybe they get to go into the local town for dinner or something as long as they are back by 8 pm. Families are only allowed to visit on special occasions. This is a weekend where many families can come, so they have a dress parade, so the soldiers can play music and show off their drills to show what they've learned.