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Clare's Wartime Journal
By E T Waldron
Friday, May 27, 2005

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High school kids unmarried having babies going to war, sound familiar?

Sorry I used wrong title when first posted!;-)


The moon was so bright the night Tom and I did it on the grass in the park, I was frightened someone would see us.  Tom kept saying over and over," Just a little longer honey, you know it's our  first and last time for awhile. Who knows when I'll ever be home again." I couldn't stop crying, but I tried not to let him know.

He would be leaving  the next day for Viet Nam. We both snuck out of our houses to be together, before he left. I didn't expect to go all the way, I'm a senior in high school, but still a virgin (or was) because  I tried to save myself for Tom, he's been my boyfriend since grammer school. We live on the same block, and went to the same school until Tom graduated last year. Now he's off to some stupid war in a place we never heard of.

"Tom I think we should go." I felt his lips nuzzle my nipple and a tingle went all through me. "Tom c'mon hon we have to go,before someone looks for us." hmmmmm , Tom moaned and rolled off me, then said" I love you Clare, you'd better wait for me. Now that I made you mine I'll be getting hot everytime I think of you, and you'd better be true to me."
he leaned over and kissed me hard then put his hand over my vagina and just held it, saying"This is mine now, remember that!"

I was so thrilled, "Yes Tom,I'll remember and you know I'll be true to you . haven't I loved you since 5th grade?" then he rolled on top of me and put it in again, I was sore,and worried, but he was like a wild bull bucking away.

Later when he was kissing me goodnight at my  door, I couldn't hold back the tears. He cried too for a minute, then left.  We would see each other in the morning. I was going with them to the train station. Tom's family treated me like one of them because we were always together
for the past 9 years.

The next day when we were at the station, I thought I'd die of pain having to see him go, he gave everyone a hug and kiss then pulled me aside, and made me promise again to remember I was his girl, to write every day and not go out with any other guy. I promised and I meant it.

Little did we know what would happen. Tom went to Viet Nam, and I wrote him every day. About 4 monts later we were notified that he was missing in action. The plane he was in shot down and they had no sightings of the crew that had been on it. It was assumed they were either taken prisoner, or were lost in the jungle,perhaps, wounded or dead. 

While on my end I found out that I was pregnant. Of course that would be the case, wouldn't it! Just what everyone needed! My parents were very upset, more so than Toms. They almost seemed happy to be having a grandchild, while my parents felt that I had been very foolish to waste my education and chance for a career. I realized later they were right. But at the time I felt more comfortable with Tom's Parents so I was there more than at home.

Months went by with no word about Tom, and I began to really be worried. Then the due date for the baby came and I had a boy. Everyone was very happy about it including me, because I felt that I had something of Tom's to share. He looked just like Tom with soft brown hair and big blue eyes. He had my smile, so I felt content with that.

The months passed quickly, and I  got very upset with the way things were going. I had graduated high school, but instead of going to college, I had to take care of Robbie  our son, and since my mom worked I had the care of the housework and cooking too. I began to resent it. I had no social life, no friends they were all away in college or working, the guys in the service. It seemed like I was the only one with a baby and having to stay home all the time.

It was soon to be Robbies first birthday, and we still had no word of Tom. All they would say is he could be lost, a prisoner, or dead. they thought most likely he was a prisoner.
I finally told my mom I had to start getting some time away from the house, and she said I made my bed now lie in it. However, Tom's mom was eager to take care of Robbie, so I'd take him over there and let her keep him a couple of days while I took a break and started to go out and meet some people.

I wound up getting a job since Tom's mom Sara offered to watch Robbie. She had no other children so he was her only grandchild too. It kept her busy and her mind off Tom.
My mom thought it was a mistake as if I was getting away with something. It made our relationship very strained. I worked as a legal secretary, since I had taken some classes for it.
I began to meet people. When I met a guy that was unable to serve in the military because of a back injury, though it didn't hurt him in his work as a bondsman.

We became intimate, and finally moved in together and it caused a big fight with my parents. Sara Tom's mom, was very disappointed , but still wanted to care for Robbie, so I let her, but took him home at night. I loved my boy, and had really missed Tom. But it was almost two years without one word. Finally Sam, the guy I lived with asked me to marry him and I said yes.

We got married and moved into a new home In a couple months I   found out I was pregnant .Baby expected in 5 months. Sam and I were happy about it.  I still let Sara, take care of  Robbie.  He loved her and she adored him. She was so good to him. My parents hardly bothered with him or me for that matter.They had been very disappointed that I didn't become the pianist they wanted me to be.

Well six months after we were married wouldn't you know, Tom came home. He had been wounded but never a prisoner, some vietnamese had taken him in and helped him. He was lost, and they didn't know what to do with him, where his unit would be, they lived in the jungle. So he stayed there all that time and it just happened that a GI unit came through the village on a mission, and that's how he was found.


End part one...Alrisha~2005



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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/18/2008
This story pulled me right in. Such an innocent start for these two characters. Great surprise at the end of this part. I have to find out how things go from here!
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very 5/30/2005
This is a wonderful story. Very emotional takes me right there and understood and felt all of the emotions being felt here. It is a nice story but pretty sad all so true of that 'war' and I loved the part of how he was ok through all that time. the fearful heartache I feel too, I still feel that fearful heartache today.
Thanks Alrisha xo
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/28/2005
This was excellent, loved this, going on to part 2.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/28/2005
wonderful write, eileen; always a joy to read you! you are goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood............. :D LOL well done; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your tx. friend, karen lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 5/28/2005
That was a very, very good piece of writing!
Totally Enjoyable!
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 5/28/2005
I eagerly await the next installment.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/27/2005
I liked this story. Maybe it was not as much "drama" as I would have wanted. Also, because the story "told" the reader what had happened instead of "showing" them, it reads more like a diary than a short story. But it really held my interest and I will be looking for Part Two.

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