The Slide Years: R & R

By Eilene Lyon

Dad, who took this photo of Mom, did two tours in Vietnam during the 1960s. He was an officer and worked in the Quartermaster Corps. His job over there during the second tour (1969) was to run the PX (post exchange – the store for service members).

Because Uncle Sam considered Vietnam to be hardship duty (even if Dad was having a romperooing-good time), they provided a rest-and-relaxation (R & R) vacation in Hawaii. Mom got to go over there and join him.

Mom really looks like she’s enjoying the visit with these scarlet macaws (not native to Hawaii, by the way). I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that she’s 33 in this photo.

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    1. I should have added …at least in the U. S.
      I imagine it was a little different in Mexico. Did women there achieve the sort of liberties that women in the U. S. had in the 20s 30s and 40s? I think the 50s here was a real backlash that pushed women back into traditional homemaker roles. My mother was not cut out for that, but there were no mentors to help her out of that mold.


      1. In terms of work outside the house it was pretty much “sure, work until you get married ” until the 70s I think, but Mexican matrons have always had power. During La Revolución (Mexico’s civil war in the 1910s) there were several “generalas”.

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  1. I feel the same looking at pictures of my mother. Her style has hardly changed from her 30s to her 90s! When I see young mothers and their children today they are usually wearing variants of the same types of clothes. When I was a child I very definitely had little girl clothes and my mother had matronly clothes. I’m not sure when generational styles began to merge, maybe just after my childhood.

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  2. Lovely photo of your mom. She looks very happy and is enjoying the birds. 🙂

    I understand, too, about seeing photos of your mother (or father, for that matter) when they were younger than you are now. I’ve loads of my mum from before I was born, and in the years when I was a teen and so on, but it was when I first coloured an old monochrome of her when she was about 15 or 16 that I gasped, “what the…?” and of course that really brings it home that they were individuals in their own right, with their own – often very different – lives. For me, it helps me keep things in perspective.

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