Frank’s parents emigrated to the US not long before he was born, and he often comments to his children how much better they were because of it. Sarah agrees, though her family was in the US longer. They’ve worked hard, made it through the Great Depression and the war. Frank was able to get his degree thanks to the G.I. Bill, and before they knew it they had a comfortable home and middle class income. Sarah gave up her minor forays into journalism to raise their four children. The kids are now grown, each having moved somewhere far away. Sometimes Frank gives them a call. They talk about sports and television shows. Sarah doesn’t like talking on the phone but occasionally visits.

They both often think the same thing, but never say it aloud to each other.
“We should be happy. We are happy.”

Story by Ann Listerud

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