Season of Darkness and Possibility
Years ago when some friends invited us to go rafting, I thought our three-year-old son, would be thrilled. But instead, he evidenced fear.
A few questions revealed the truth. “I’m scared of those rabbits, Mommy.”
“Yeah. Evelyn said we’d come to some rabbits…”
Those rapids would’ve scared me, too, if I thought they’d hop up at me. After a bit of explanation, our son loved our afternoon of rafting.
Misunderstandings often ground our fears. My latest World War II heroine experiences this. Because the war has already stolen her beau at Pearl Harbor, Glenora has said good-bye to romance.
Now the war may also have taken her little brother, and she fears the worst. Christmas 1944 overflowed with worry—would the Navy notify them of her brother’s death when a typhoon struck his ship, or send news of his rescue?
It’s tough to stay positive in times like these, but Hank, a recovering wounded warrior now working at Glenora’s father’s garage, says they should never give up. Besides that, he has such a gentle way with her father when his heart begins acting up, and she’s beginning to rely on him…
Sometimes rabbits turn out to be a few harmless rapids.
The problem is, we can’t see around the bend. But we’ve all experienced the joy of outcomes far different than we’d expected—and different can mean wonderful.
In this advent season of darkness and possibility, I hope this old-fashioned World War II romance warms readers’ hearts.
Gail, thank you for sharing this sweet story about your son with us. My mind instantly went to imaging the terrifying, horrible rabbit from Monty Python. Now that’s a rabbit to be scared of! But seriously, you are so right that misunderstandings often ground our fears. I know it has happened to me a lot!
The writing bug bit Gail later in life, along with a love for the World War II era. She’s hopelessly addicted. Her historical fiction
honors Greatest Generation women who made a difference despite great odds. Her second love, teaching, leads to facilitating
writing workshops and retreats, where she loves cheering others on in their vocation. You can find Gail at http://www.gailkittleson.com/
No one ever accused Glenora Carson of being a breathtaking beauty. Her tall, gangly figure and angular face are more solid midwestern stock than Hollywood glamour. But Joe liked her. He even told her, “You’re the one for me.” He gave her a locket with his picture inside, to remind her of him while he was away, serving his country on the U.S.S. Arizona.After December 7, 1941, Glenora shelves her dreams of attending college on the scholarship she was offered by Iowa State University, locks her heart away, and focuses on holding down the home front by helping out the family business – Carson’s Garage. The grease-stained overalls didn’t do much to compliment her female figure, but they cover her female heart well enough.That is, until Hank Anderson, a wounded warrior back from battle, walks into the garage and into Glenora’s life.Is an old maid’s future Glenora’s fate, or will Cupid throw a wrench in her plans?
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