Today marks the first week of my next 52 Week Photo Challenge. If you are interested in reading what themes lie ahead click on the Themes 2017-2018 found at the top of the page.
These “Senior Hands” belong to my friend Esther. She is a soft spoken, modest but spunky 90+ years young woman who moved to Florida from Connecticut 3 years ago. Esther and I have become friends by way of a Women’s Bible Study at my church and as a member of a Women’s Book Group I host once a month. I will never forget the day a group of us were getting to know each other and when asked, Esther said “she really didn’t have that exciting of a life”. None of us believed her and upon questioned her further, she finally said “Well, I was what you call a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war. Really? Not an exciting life?? She went on to tell us that her husband served in WW2 and flew B-17 Bombers based out of England to Europe. Esther felt the call along with approximately 19 million women to serve our country during the war by working in factories and shipyards. These women became known as the cultural iconic “Rosie the Riveters”. Esther worked in a Chevrolet Car Plant in New Jersey, that was converted to produce Navy F6F-5 Hellcat Fighter Planes. 12,275 planes were produced and at peak production came off the assembly lines at one an hour. After the war she completed studies at Colombia to become a Medical Coder in hospitals. She raised 3 daughters, and has lovingly held 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren with these amazing hands.