NLD53smplace - Toronto - Greenville
Time - 1942
Character - Mother (Louise Brentt)
scene I age - 25
scene II age - 36

I was born in a small town, my father is the owner of a small grocery store. I met my husband Gregory through our parents. His parents were sort of my Guardians when I was at U. of T. Seeing how I didn't know anybody at first I paid regular visits to the Brentt's. Most of my present friends I met through Gregory. Most of them are fairly wealthy, high class and poised, I suppose it is because of their position. I try very hard to live up to them and I am always conscious of what people are doing and what they think of me. Gregory was the first and only boy I went with in Toronto. I didn't want to go with anyone after meeting him....

Nora my daughter was born when I was eighteen and it seemed that everyone in Toronto thought that I was too young and needed a helping hand on how to bring up my daughter. It was true I was young so I listened and listened and listened. It got so that everything Nora did could be found in one book or another....

I am now beginning to see her [Nora] closer friends and although they are all completely different I find them a delightful bunch. Maggie who is the youngest seems to be liked by all and yet I surmise that the girls do become a bit impatient with her at times because of that bit of devil in her. She isn't cruel by any means but she is quite the gal for playing jokes and getting into mischief. Deanna I really can't say much about. I gather that she confides in someone and must have some unhappiness yet on the outside she is just rich Deanna who lives in the big white house on the corner.... At this age all of the girls had their boyfriends, even Maggie who was really a wild one calmed down when she was with her 18 year old ... boy Don.... Nora also was going out now and then but really hadn't found hers yet. It seemed that she had grown so quickly further away from us. She would soon be finishing school and going out to work. It's funny that for the others who are the same age as Nora more or less it seems perfectly normal but for my own child it's harder to accept that she will soon be on her own. But I was forced to accept it as soon as the word Mark Sheaffer was first spoken in the house. There was a sure sign he was just not one of the boys. It didn't take very long before Mark was a regular customer to the Brentt house. He really was a wonderful boy and I grew to like him immediately. It seems silly but I was patting myself on the back for my daughter's good taste.... Oh yes I knew this was it but it was still a bit surprising when on Nora's 18th birthday they came home engaged. After taking a deep breath I knew I really was thrilled that it was Mark who would be my son in law....

I thought back to that day in the park when I knew that no hurt would come to Nora but then she was 7. Now she is 18 and a war could change things. It was sad when we said goodbye to Mark. Gregory and him had grown close and I hated to see everyone so sad....

We didn't expect any letters from Mark for some time but it came too quickly, the message that he had been killed in action. As I watched Nora read the letter I saw the little emotional child scream and cry and cry with no way of stopping her, but she didn't [scream] she just looked at me as the tears flowed down and went to her room in absolute silence. Later when I went to comfort her I realized it was no longer a little girl with a burn I was comforting but a woman who had lost her lover.

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