Tuesday, November 7, 2017
My husband's oldest brother was Dale. Dale was a year younger than my father. As with many families at that time they seemed to have two sets of children. There were those who were born when the parents were young and then the ones born when the parents were older.
Dale was born with the red hair my mother-in-law wanted all her children to have.
Shortly after I met my husband Dale moved away. I did not meet him before he left.
He left behind his wife and 5 children. For a long time they had no idea where he was. He would occasionally send money to his mother to give to the children.
I actually knew his oldest daughter before I knew my husband. She and I went to school together. We were never friends. That has not changed.
Dale came back for a quick visit after my husband I were married. He went into the house to visit his mother for a few minutes. He left the woman who was with him in the car with her two babies. I still do not know if they were his children. I do not think he visited his children.
After many years he moved back to Iowa with a new family. His wife had 4 children from her first marriage and they had 2 more children together.
They all came to the big city to visit us and another brother's families. His son from his first marriage was with them.
It was an interesting thing that each of my mother-in-law's children had a daughter who looked just like my daughter. Dale had 2. The second was around the same age as my oldest son. His youngest son was the same age as my second son.
As you can see I did not know Dale well because I was not around him very much.
He had a sudden heart attack and died around the time that my husband and I divorced. My father-in-law was inconsolable. I see one of his daughters occasionally. Most of his children live far away from here.