By the storytellers of Havenwood Heritage Heights
The stripes are from some special branch of the army.
He's a private. He has his family there.
Maybe it's before Christmas because the lights are on.
It's cold out. There's no snow on the ground.
There are leaves on the bushes, so maybe it's late fall.
It couldn't be too cold because the kids don't have leggings on. It could be a mild day.
The candle is an awful drippy/droopy candle.
There are three children and Mama and maybe that's Papa..
They're on the army barracks where Papa lives.
It's the 1940s - World War II.
They're wearing long leggings to cover their legs - the little boy in the front is covered up.
He's sucking his thumb.
The little girl has a hat.
They're looking at candles on top of the pole - 9 candles.
They look happy looking at those bulbs.
The mother looks like she's gonna have another child - she looks a little heavy in the front.
It's food time. Maybe the girl has the last of a sandwich in her hands.
They get to visit with Papa for two hours.
The older girl's got her hand in her packet because it's cold.
Mom is holding the girl's hand.
Papa is Nathaniel - Nate. His right hand is the one he used to raise the flag. He is proud to be in the army. He's been in it for a long time.
Simon is the little boy. He's 2 or 3. He loves sucking his thumb, playing with trucks, and watching the flag go up.
Mama is Josephine. She's very proud Nate is in the army. It's a big thing.
Martha is the oldest. She's 6 or 7. She loves to read, she's a big sister. She loves being a big sister. She wants to help them and get them to do things.
Ruth is 4 or 5. She likes playing with dolls.
The kids feel fascinated that their father is in the army. They are in awe.
Before this, they had lunch. They put on something dressier, a costume. They went to church first - it's the weekend.
The kids are excited to see their father when they can. He probably has to wear his uniform. They know he wouldn't come home.
Mom looks like she's holding a small purse.
I wonder if the kids made the candles.
Maybe once it's dark they'll light the candles.
They're have a meal - maybe they'll sing a Christmas carol.
They eat inside the mess hall, which will be a real treat for the kids.
They have mac n cheese, pork loin, apple pie, and chocolate chip cookies.
They hug dad goodbye, they have their names in the song.
They like their father and don't want to leave.