Join the Army, they said. See the world, they said.
When our dad was drafted into WWII, he had not been outside a 50-mile radius of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. My guess is that the newly married James W. “J.W.” Smith was in the learning curve of his life – never intending to be anything but a farmer. Like so many, he left the United States of America without really knowing or understanding where he was going. During the war, he was trained as an aircraft mechanic. When he returned from the war, sharecropping proved to be a poor career choice…so he packed up his family and moved near an air base where he was employed with a civilian contractor. He worked on planes for the Air Force for the next 50 years.
Our father actually climbed to the top of the pyramids – you can no longer do that!
What incredible events have shaped your family’s history? Events that set your life on a different path.