Voices on the Wind Memorable Voices
The Spanish Flu by Larry Turner When we see the Spanish Flu in books or on TV, it seems so long ago, and yet the Spanish Flu made me who I am. When my mother was eleven, her mother died of the Spanish Flu. (Her name was Mary, I learned from my grandfather shortly before he died at age 92.) He hired a young woman to care for his three children, and when he got her pregnant, he married her. She became an evil stepmother of fairy-tale proportions. When his new family was eating, she banned her stepchildren from the dining room. What else she did to my mother and her siblings I won’t go into here. My mother learned to hold her emotions inside, and— She never hugged me, never kissed me.— taught me to do the same.