Today is July 4, 1936 and Walt and Bert have been married a few hours. Only their dearest friends and relatives were invited to the service—like Walt’s grandparents Adrian and Hannah. The crazy Old Woman and her sister and Old Man Kline with St. Vitus Dance and his shady sons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Not on your life.
A few months ago Walt got a raise at the Tannery. And a buddy told him about an available apartment within his building—an apartment with a kitchen and a living room and a bedroom and a shared hall bath. Walt took it on the spot and went scrounging for some furniture. His Grandpop Adrian donated a maple bed frame and bureau. Once he located a couch, Walt set to building end tables and night tables and a coffee table for the living room. Naturally all the household things he and Bert had collected before they were married sure came in handy.
The apartment house features a wrap-around porch and some of it is screened. Many a night Walt and Bert lounge on that porch and revel in what they have accomplished.
It’s just about the stillest they’ll ever sit.