Volume 2

Highs and Lows

by Gordon Buttars



          Volume 2 – Highs and Lows takes place between 1926 and 1932, which is a trying time in their lives. After months of trying, Curly and Geannie add a son to their little family as their adventures in life continue. His career takes him from home for months at a time as his squadron is assigned to the USS Saratoga. While away on exercises, Curly is involved in a midair collision with his wingman and is missing and presumed dead. Geannie, who is faced with the grim reality of being a young widow with two small children, is unaware that he was rescued after several hours in the water with only a sprained ankle. His wingman was lost, leaving Geannie's friend Ramona a widow for the second time.
          Curly receives a promotion and becomes the division leader as they continue to explore their surroundings while having difficulties having another baby. They finally succeed, only to have it end in tragedy while Curly was away on maneuvers. Heartbroken, they are left to put their emotional bookshelves back in order.
          After their close friends, including Ramona all move away, Curly is transferred to Washington, D.C. where they are close to home as they deal with their loss and cope with the highs and lows of life. Geannie's father hires her to manage his Arlington campaign office during his bid for a seat in the United States Senate. The high point of the campaign is when she gets President Herbert Hoover to come to one of his rallies. But the nation is thrown into the Great Depression, which derails his campaign.
          Geannie desperately wants to fill her empty arms by having another baby, only to experience more difficulty, which leads to an emotional breakdown. Her mother convinces her to seek help and the cause of both problems is identified and corrected. Unfortunately her arms remain empty. As the economic crisis widens, her father suffers a massive heart attack and dies while attempting to salvage his bank.
          Geannie began questioning beliefs she had held fast to all of her life. Were the things she had been taught the way they really are? Is there more to the purpose of life? Where did we really come from? Why exactly are we here? Is there more to the afterlife than heaven and hell? Would she have claim on her husband and children in the world to come? If not, what's the purpose of a family? Unable to get answers, they are content being Methodist, for the time being.
         Their marriage had been tempered by the fires of adversity and had emerged stronger and more loving. They had a new appreciation for life and learned first hand that they couldn't take anything for granted. There wasn't always happy endings to the challenges of life. They learned that life was a journey and that the bumps along the way and the hard times served to elevate them to new levels of understanding and gave them the courage and willingness to face what the future held in store for them. Come what may, through the highs and lows, they were ready to move on to the next part of their lives together.

Chapter I A Miraculous Chain of Events July 25, 1926 – December 31, 1926 Page 1
Chapter II An Unexpected Rendezvous January 1, 1927 – June 11, 1927 Page 15
Chapter III The Silver Screen & Blue Booties June 11, 1927 – August 25, 1927 Page 27
Chapter IV Saratoga August 25, 1927 – December 7, 1928 Page 39
Chapter V Missing and Presumed Dead December 8, 1928 – January 30, 1929 Page 51
Chapter VI Rescue January 26, 1929 – April 9, 1929 Page 63
Chapter VII A Walk in the Park April 10, 1929 – May 18, 1929 Page 73
Chapter VIII The Great Western Adventure May 18, 1929 – July 12, 1929 Page 83
Chapter IX Honeymoon Hideaway July 13, 1929 – August 2, 1929 Page 97
Chapter X Survival August 2, 1929 – April 23, 1930 Page 113
Chapter XI Charles Emmett April 2, 1930 – April 10, 1930 Page 125
Chapter XII Empty Arms April 10, 1930 – April 23, 1930 Page 137
Chapter XIII Picking Up the Pieces April 23, 1930 – July 28, 1930 Page 151
Chapter XIV Meltdown July 30, 1930 – April 9, 1931 Page 165
Chapter XV Moving On April 9, 1931 – July 29, 1932 Page 177

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