Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day 2004

Today is Veteran's Day . About six weeks to go until Nathan comes home. He is now a Veteran of a Foreign War. His deployment has made me really think about other wars and the other women who were left home to worry. I have been reading about WWII recently. According to this Statistical Summary of America's Major Wars an average of 6,639 American soldiers were killed in action each month during WWII. 6,639? Did this create a shortage of men for women to marry? An abundace of "old maids"? It doesn't seem like it as there was a baby boom after the war, even though over a million men were killed or wounded. When they came home did all the soldiers just automatically get married/make babies?

Here are my own (unscientific) observations of the women here: When the guys were getting ready to come home the last time, a large number of women were talking about hoping to get pregnant before the guys left again. There are a couple babies due in December, and some ladies talking, again, about babies. I don't know what the average birth rates are in America, but we seem to have a lot of little ones in our neighborhood. Maybe going off to war makes you decide to try now, not wait until some unspecified later time to have a baby. Also, the reunion can create little "accidents".(not me, not me) hmm, so maybe that's where to babyboom came from.

In other AirForce news, Chistmas is coming, now is the time to send for your Letters from the North Pole.


muse said...

Going off to war makes a person and spouse more serious. If kids are part of the plan, now is better than later. Life is so fragile.
During WWII many men were away a couple of years. They left the states when the financial situation, the Depression, was still difficult. Many had already postponed having kids, so there was a big boom in the late '40's early '50's. Then it it slowed down.
There also may be some women who look at the babies as "company." Better than being alone, someone to love.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know how excited I am for you to have your husband home again. Home for Christmas, I hope!

Korrie in UT