She wanted to be married to the same man (for better or worse) for fifty years or more. She was impressed by her grandparents who celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary in 1961, with a reception in their home. Each night after dinner, they walked up and down their driveway for exercise while holding hands.
When school began each morning, we pledged allegiance to the American flag, and were proud to do so. After the end of WWII, citizens felt protected and were especially patriotic. Our flag had forty-eight stars until 1959, when Alaska and Hawaii entered the Union.
During the Fifties, my family seldom traveled other than driving an non air-conditioned car to nearby cities and states. We left early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the mid-day heat. Prior to one trip, Mother placed a huge block of ice in a pan and placed it underneath the car's interior fan in hopes the air would be cooler as the ice melted. I remember hoping someday my environment would expand - maybe I would even "fly" to other parts of the country.
A lot of time was spent taking care of clothes. After our 100% cotton outfits were worn, they were re-washed and hung out to dry on the clothesline - then heavily starched and ironed. Clothes were stiff and wrinkled very easily - especially when "smootching" with a date.
|I was named after my daddy, Joel Clayton Smith. My parents thought two children were enough, and since they already had one daughter, I was their last chance for a boy. They added an "l" and an "e" to Joel to make Joelle. I loved the name Joelle because it was different, and was disappointed to eventually learn that Joelle is a common name in France.|