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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