Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Grandfather John RobertBarrett #123 p 16
May l936 at 7100 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk Virginia with grandson John Sophie text excerpt#59 CLAXTON l936 On the ninth of April,l936 when John junior was born,the CLAXTON was at the Naval Operating Base at Norfolk.Early that morning I told Jack I had telephoned the obstetrician who advised me to enter Norfolk Protestant Hospital at once.But Jack said he absolutely had to go to the ship that Thursday,& off he went with the promise to return as soon as possible to take me to the hospital.I must have misunderstood the amount & importance of what he had to do, as I was all packed, dressed, & ready to leave the third floor apartment at ten in the morning. When he p. 217 failed to return by lunch time I was concerned, but I fixed lunch for myself & then sat at the window to await his arrival.Tense & nervous lest the baby arrive while I was alone,I was not too cordial when he arrived at four o'clock or later, explaining that he couldn't get away as he was in command of the five destroyers which were to cruise midshipmen that summer - he had a great deal of work to do & papers to sign relating to those cruises.He got me to the hospital at 5:30 in the afternoon, & John was born at eight in the evening. Some months later I went back for a checkup, and a doctor absentmindedly asked me, "And when are we expecting?"
Subject: grandpa l936 {G}
Year: 1936