His Redhead: His Beauty, His Life

His red haired beauty
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He sat by the window looking out.He didn’t see the trees and flowers but only the blue sky that reminded him of the many blue skies he’d seen before.He remembered growing up on a mountain lane with his six brothers and sisters.They never had much but the seven of them formed strong bonds with each other.High school was a luxury he couldn’t afford for long.He went to work in the Cement Mines.He quarried rocks despite the danger and hard work, he worked down deep inside the mountains.Sometime during those days he met his red haired beauty.The exact times and dates are inconsequential now.The flow of events and the special moments remembered are all that count.

She was a young, slender beauty.Born and raised in a small, nearby, country hamlet.She lived with her grandparents.Their attraction was immediate and mutual.They dated, going to movies and square dances held in large, local barns.They knew theirs was a lasting love.In spite of her grandparents disapproval, they were married.What a blissful time.They lived with her grandparents in the grand house they had had built.They had come into a small inheritance and their family had built this grand house for them.People came from all over town to see this grand house.Now, he and his red haired beauty were living in that house with them.

Their first son came along in 1942.A beautiful little boy named after him.The war had been going on since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 and he had begun working in a munitions plant in Connecticut.Many of his neighbors worked there as well.They felt they were doing their duty to their country by working in that plant.Son number two was born in 1943 and shortly after Uncle Sam called on him to serve.He left his red haired beauty and two sons to join the Army Air Corps.Before he went overseas he was stationed in South Carolina and his red haired beauty came to visit him for two weeks.She had left the boys with her grandparents.What a glorious two weeks they had!But, it was time to go.He was going to Saipan, a place they had never heard of. He went by train then by boat to this beautiful tropical island in the American Mariana Islands.War marred its beauty.

He faced a world totally alien to a 22 year old young man from upstate New York.He ran for cover from bomb attacks and saw his buddies die.It was a trying two and a half years for this young man.All the while he was thinking of his red haired beauty back home with their two boys.He lived through the Battle of Saipan and finally it was time to go home.On the way the ship stopped to refuel at Hawaii.All of the soldiers were able to see the beauty of Hawaii but they weren’t allowed off the ship.It didn’t matter that much to him, he knew he was on his way home to his red haired beauty.

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Life resumed as if he had never been away.Son number three was born in 1946.He was driving tractor trailers now.He didn't do long hauls that would keep him away for days but he did work long hours.That didn’t affect their love and happy home, son number four was born in 1948.What a wonderful family he had with his red haired beauty.She never complained and was always there to support him in anything he did.They worked together to make their family a happy one.They cut down cedar trees for Christmas every year.Decorating them the way everyone else did in the forties and fifties, with ornaments and lots of tinsel.They didn’t have a lot but it didn’t matter because they had each other.

Son number five was born in 1955.There had been miscarriages in between but never a complaint from his red haired beauty.What a marvelous family he had!His red haired beauty and five strong sons who inherited their good looks from him and his red haired beauty.He was sorry none of them had her red hair but that was okay, they were good boys with great respect for their parents.

Time went by fast as the boys were growing up.They lived near a lake and spent a lot of time on the lake, swimming and fishing.He bought a small speed boat so the boys could water ski.There were trips to Long Island to visit relatives and friends and there was that car trip to Florida.His family spent a lot of time together and before you knew it the boys were teenagers.Tall, handsome boys any father would be proud of.

Time moved on and son number one got married.Then came the Viet Nam War and his second son was drafted into the Army.It was like history repeating itself.Luckily he was sent to Panama and spent his time there.Son number three decided to enlist and joined the Navy.The ship he was on, the USS Intrepid, did two tours in Viet Nam.Son number four enlisted in the Army Reserve and stayed on American soil.He was a very worried but very proud father.Three of his sons had served their country just as he did and had come home safely.He and his red haired beauty had done a good job.

By the time son number one had three children, son number two got married.Due to a strange coincidence of fate, when the first child of son number two was born his sixth child was born, both in May of 1967.His red haired beauty finally had her girl!Now his family was more than complete.

The years continued to roll by with more sons getting married, more grandchildren arriving and his red haired beauty turning into a white haired beauty. They celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary in April.In spite of it all, he couldn’t remember how all those years added up to him sitting here at the hospital window with a broken hip.As always, there was a ray of sunshine, his white haired beauty was coming to take him home today.

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Son number one's wedding
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Son number two drafted into the US Army
Son number two drafted into the US Army | Source
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KathieH 5 years ago

Bravo !!!!!!

What a wonderful story about Aunt Lois and Uncle Jim !! You should be proud !!!!! WELL DONE !!!!

deb napoli 5 years ago

Awesome story! I thought the first pic of the red hair beauty looked like Sherri!

Ronnie 5 years ago

OH my Goodness, if I didn't know who your were talking about one would think it was the Walton's. Well done, a Beautiful love story, Keep up the good work

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks guys. It's fairly obvious now from your comments that I was writing about my in-laws. Yes, she does look like Sheri or rather Sheri looks like her. They have such a beautiful story I couldn't resist telling it. Of course I left A LOT out but it is the general theme.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, what a wonderful story, and the photos really brought the story to life, I am so glad he found his red haired beauty! rated up! really enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing, cheers nell

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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Glad you enjoyed Nell. It's always special when it's about family.

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jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

That was beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful love story about your in-laws. Written from the heart with love. Your photos added a nice touch. Well done!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks SS...great people to write about!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a sweet love story! I loved your photos, too.

I voted this Hub UP, etc.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Mary, it is quite a love story.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Jenbeach, thanks for reading!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Such a beautiful, well-documented tribute, Til.....How proud you must make your family and loved ones. There's such a PURENESS about this hub and I don't even know at the moment if "Pureness" is a legitimate word! But it fits. ......UP and shared

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Effer. It has taken me years to truly appreciate my in-laws so I guess this hub is a result of that new found respect.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I don't know how I missed this one, and what a beautiful story it is! I love tributes like this, real people living real lives, and somehow managing to love through all the trials and tribulations. Great read!

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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Wow, what a sweet story! Two loving couple fruitful with beautiful sons and a daughter. I've read it all the way to the end and what an admirable ending and I had a little chuckle there. God Bless the whole family. Thank you, tillsontitan, it's a wonderful story you've shared to us. Awesome! Cheers!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Billy. They definitely have gone through real trials and 70 years later are still together.

Coffeegginmyrice, it is a sweet story that I am proud to be a part of. So glad you read and enjoyed!

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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I really like this story. I love reading about other people's lives. You did a great job writing this hub. Very interesting!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Made, glad you liked it.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Wow! I enjoyed reading your engaging story about your in-laws from the start till the end! Good to know that your in-laws has a 69 years, soon to be 70 years of steady marriage! The combination of pure love and steadfast commitment your in-laws has for each other is the recipe for a super-successful marriage! A wonderful hub! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Shared on Facebook

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you ishwaryaa, theirs is truly a love story....through the years they had ups and downs but yes, this year they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary. Their health is not well but they are together!

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Beautiful story about your in-laws and not sure how I missed this the first time, but so glad I was able to read your story now. The pictures were such a lovely addition too. I have of course voted, shared. pinned and tweeted too!!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Janine....doesn't matter when you show up, as long as you do ;) Always happy to have you here.

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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just came back to reread this lovely Hub. I'm wondering how the broken hip is mending now. Beautiful love story.

Vote UP and reshared.

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

She was truly a resilient red haired beauty! Sharing, Mary.

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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

What a perfectly told story, it reminds me of the stories in Granta magazine. Well done, thank you for sharing. Jamie

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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

Lovely! Great story. Sounds like they are still going strong. More power to them!

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Mary,

I could not read this yesterday. You had the kind of relationship with your MIL that I had with mine, sweetly also a redhead. Now I suspect Bonnie has a new friend in heaven...

This gives me such a background of your husband's family, the solid foundation of love and be assured that your dear FIL and husband will remain in my thoughts and prayers now, as you always do.

I sent you an e-mail when you have a moment, I know times are busy. I am always here for you. Love, Maria

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Beautiful and touching story Mary! You made my afternoon!

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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal


You language skills and creative approach makes this story very beautiful. In the past few years I'm trying to write a novel loosely based on my mother and father. You just gave me an idea to hasten with the project. Thank you very much.

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teaches12345 3 years ago

How beautifully written and expressed. I love how you ended with the white haired beauty.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Before I answer your wonderful comments dear friends, let me explain I have been away from my computer as the red head in this hub, my mother in law, passed away on August 12. I re-shared this hub on FB in honor of my MIL. This is the first chance I have had to get back to HP.

Mary this is a tragic story now. The broken hip led to an infected foot and a leg amputation. Now, the remaining foot is in trouble. Thank you for returning and thank you for your kind consideration.

Yes Michele, she was an amazing and very strong lady. Thank you for the votes and re-shares.

Jamie, it is I who am grateful for you coming by to read!

Thank you DreamerMeg. Life doesn't always deal us a gentle hand.

Yes, your MIL and mine are hopefully meeting in heaven (probably talking about the two of us). Your prayers and thoughtfulness have meant much to me throughout this ordeal and I have a feeling your support will be needed as we support my FIL. I will try to get to your email today dear friend. Sending angels your way Maria.

Thank you Audrey. True love is always good to read about.

Oh Vinaya, how happy I am I could give you a bit of inspiration. I am sure your book will be amazing!!

Thank you teaches, I'm glad you appreciated the circle I tried to complete.

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Vickiw 3 years ago

Hi tillsontitan, so sorry to hear about the death of this beautiful woman, and thank you for sharing her story. It is so lovely, and you write it with such respect and tenderness. I am also very sorry to hear about the poor health of your father. This a very difficult time for him, and challenges for you and his living family too. My best thoughts and prayers to all of you.

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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Tillie.....My dear friend...Please accept my sincerest sympathies. I had just noticed a lapse in your constant presence here and was about to send off an email, when Maria gave me the sad news, on the loss of Larry's Mom.

I understand the deep sadness you & Larry, children and grandchildren & of course, your F.I.L, are dealing with at this time. I know you are taking comfort in one another and many wonderful memories, Til. You are all in my heart and on my mind....sending you thoughts of solace and strength. I offer my hand and my shoulder, girlfriend.....lean, as you wish. Love, Paula

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Vicki. I sometimes wonder if the Lord lets us watch the failing and suffering to make it easier for us to accept their passing. As you've noted its not over for us yet. Your thoughts and prayers are welcome and appreciated as is your friendship.

Yes, Effer, I've been busy with no computer time. I'm jumping on while I can as my FIL will most likely be admitted to the hospital in the next couple of days for removal of a toe, hopefully only the toe. With one remaining leg anything will be difficult for him.

Knowing you are there for me my friend, and knowing where you are in your life is more comfort than you know! I'm holding your hand and leaning on your shoulder GF. Maria has been a great support answering questions to ease my mind and warming my heart. How lucky I am to have you two in my life!

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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful true story! Mary, this is so touching! R.I.P dear Red-haired Beauty.

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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

I thought she was still alive - have I read it wrongly?

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you so much Martie for the heatfelt support.

DreamerMeg, she was alive when I wrote it but died on Aug. 12, 2013...you did not read it wrong.

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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

I am so sorry to hear that. It was a great story and I really enjoyed reading it. Sorry to read also about your FIL's poor health.

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Meg. She was 88 and had a battle with ovarian cancer. Your sympathies are appreciated.

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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

This is a beautiful story and so well told!

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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you xstatic. I have missed seeing you!

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