The Final Word

World War II consumed me for a while—at least the parts of it that my parents found themselves in. And their love affair fascinated me, too. How many people get to be in on their parents’ first attraction to each other?

I worried about WWII daughters who might find letters and not value them—or not know what to do with them.

And I wondered about how the world has changed so much in the years I’ve been alive. How does that happen? Who shapes the trends and what forces shape our actions?

But, as you’ve probably noted, my blogging hasn’t been very consistent. And not very frequent, either, of late.

Other things occupy my thoughts. Different topics form my reading list. I’m trying to learn to play my harp. I’m studying religion and the origins of Christian doctrines. I have grandchildren who live close to our summer home.  I’ve moved on from my all-consuming interest in WWII.

And so I close this blog and thank you all for reading my musings and commenting on them. Best of luck to you as you continue to investigate your fathers’ trails in the war!


Jane Beaton Bartow,      author of To Elinor, a romance in two voices

12 thoughts on “The Final Word

  1. keithalc06

    Thanks/ I am a son who values my dad’s letters. He is 92 and doing well. We put a book together of his letters and stories0500 Letters from a WW II Combat Infantryman by Verdi Gilbertson       You may enjoy this and share on your blog for others interested. Thanks for your posts. | | | 0500 Letters from a WW II Combat Infantryman by Verdi Gilbertson | |


  2. Jane Bartow Post author

    How swell that your father was able to know that you put a book together! I wonder what my father would think about this book of mine.

  3. Jane Bartow Post author

    You have to get started, Eileen, though your project will be difficult. Maybe just an editorial with some quotes from your dad?

  4. Betsy

    Thanks Jane for having done this blog. I intended to do one about WW2 on the Homefront which would expand on my novel Now History. But I could see it was going to be a lot of work that I’d probably do better elsewhere . Good luck with your other projects Betsy Wing (Have you read Now History? It Is about the changes beginning to take place in the South during the war.)

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. Agnes Fusher

    Sorry to hear that, Jane but I know you have many interests and responsibilities and days are not long enough. You know I wish you well in all your enterprises and I shall miss your musings.
    I continue to read about and follow my interest in both WW ‘s , the one I lived through and my father’s war, a lesson in how not to conduct a war which should never have occurred in the first place and resulted in the loss of almost a generation of young men and an unpresidented number of unmarried women .
    Thank you ,Jane, for encouraging others to research their histories.

  6. Pat Heine

    Jane, thanks for doing this blog and for your wonderful book. I haven’t had many personal connections to WWII and these stories and insights have meant a lot to me.

  7. Jane Bartow Post author

    And I always appreciated your thoughtful responses. It’s true that if you had no one in the war, you wouldn’t find yourself as interested and driven as some of us who are searching for our parents during that time. But WWII is important for everyone to read about.

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