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


spring lilacs by the garage Sophie and Jack Barrett l966 PAGE ONE photo # 5
Jack always kept many folding chairs, which the family enjoyed. Neighbors often used them too.Lilac was planted by Albert Van Steenbergen, former owner who taught at Boston Latrin School. When Jack was a student at Boston Latin, he heard Edward Everett Hale,(1822-l909) who frequently spoke to the students and was active in alumni.Hale is principally remembered today for his short story "The Man Without a Country", which reflects patriotic feelings of the era just before the Civil War, comparable to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's stirring "Sail on O ship of State - Sail on O nation strong and great" or Walter Scott's "Breathes there a man with soul so dead Who never to himself has said, 'This is my own, native land?'" Edward Everett Hale was a grandnephew of Revolution hero Nathan Hale.In later years he was appointed Chaplain of the United States Senate in a period of corruption and muck-racking. He comically remarked,"I looked at the Senators, and I prayed for the country."Jack quoted this a number of times.{S}{J}{R}
Subject: Sophie. Jack, and New England lilac, Syringa vulga
Year: 1966 or l967