Not a History Buff by Pamela Stone

I freely admit that history was not my favorite subject in school. Memorizing dates, fur-get-it. Why did I need to remember some silly date that had long passed? It’s like, uh, history. But one date stands out in my mind; December 7, 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor. The beginning of WWII.

I find it a very romantic era, perhaps because it’s the era in which my parents fell in love. At age seventeen my dad quit school and became a tail gunner on a B-17. Seventeen! A couple years later, after my mom and her friends graduated, they left their homes on the farm and went to Dallas to find jobs. She still smiles when she talks about those times.

Daddy had a few funny stories he’d share about the war, but mostly he didn’t talk about it. At least not the serious side. He told funny stories about some of the guys in his unit and how young they all were. He talked about dancing his way from club to club. He was the jitterbug king and even taught dance when he first returned to Texas.

Although their families lived in the same area, my parents didn’t meet and fall in love until after my dad returned from overseas. I love looking through their old pictures. I love the clothes and the style. I get this little thrill when the vintage WWII planes from the local airport fly over my house.

How about you? Is there a particular era that you find romantic?

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  1. Pam, thanks for being on the blog today. Since tomorrow is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, this was a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing about your father’s service in WWII. I agree with you that this is such an interesting era in our history and I love movies set during this time period.

  2. Music has always meant a great deal to me. It expressed what I couldn’t. The 50’s is the time I fell in love. So I find that time romantic. I’d listened to the big band music from the 40’s growing up & the Do Wap music of the 50’s while falling in love. That music still gets to me.

  3. I’m not very good at history either, I could never remember dates like you said! But I do love reading historical romances, mostly around the Victorian era, but also love the western era as well. I don’t think I’ve read many around the time period you mentioned though.

  4. I, too, LOVE the WWII era! I have so many movies sitting on my keeper shelf that are Romances from that time. ENIGMA, CHARLOTTE GREY, A WALK IN THE CLOUDS, CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN, AUSTRALIA, to name a few.
    But I admit, my all time favorite most romantic period in time for me is the Regency era, especially during the Napoleonic War. Funny how I hate war in my real life, but find it so romantic in fiction. But I have a soft spot in my heart for ALL military men. All heroes to me. (of course, women in the military or the women who nursed soldiers, are heroic to me also.)
    Your Dad sounds like such a great guy, Pam. Interesting to talk to, I bet. I wish I had known him.

  5. I don’t think there is a specific time period that I think of as being more romantic than others. Sometimes I think the Middle Ages seem romantic, but then I remember that people didn’t bathe or wash their clothing very often and that makes the romance disappear.

  6. I guess I’m not such a romantic. Although I definitely agree that the old movies are generally better than the ones produced today, my favorite period in history is right now. We are so blessed with conveniences and comforts. Baths not the least of it. I feel so lucky to be living today and to have personally seen, in my lifetime, the invention or widespread adoption of television, personal computers, cell phones, microwave ovens, air travel for everyone, e-readers, DVRs, and of course, the Internet, without which we would not now be communicating on this cold, icy day in Dallas.

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