Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednetdur, Augutl 25, 1971 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 23 Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: You are probably fed up with letters from women who want to respond to Infantryman's Wife the gal whose husband carried on an with an Army nurse the whole time he was in Vietnam, but please read one more. I am married to a serviceman who is now in Vietnam. I want is for him to come back alive and whole. I wouldn't dream of asking him what he did over ttiere. This might sound awful, but 1 wouldn't care what he did. It's not important. War is a dehumanizing, brutalizing experience. When a man is JO.OOO miles from home he is capable of be- having in a manner completely out of character. A normal male has physical needs. An Army nurse has physical needs, too. And it seems to me that she would be a much safer choice than some tramp on a bar slool. You probably won't print this letter because it runs coun- ter to the Puritan ethic on which your column is based, but I just wanted you to know that I agree wholeheartedly with your "forgive and forget" philosophy and I especially liked your line, "War is hell and a man doesn't need any more hell when he gels home." More power to you, Ann. Hang in there, Doll I'll Give Mine Heaven DEAR HEAVEN: Here's your letter and my thanks for it. Drop me a line when your man gets home. I'd love to know he made it. V DEAR ANN LANDERS: Your reply to "Infantryman's Wile" should be printed on cards and attached to every mar- riage license. It should also be reproduced, framed and hung over every marriage bed. In case you've forgotten, an irate reader called you a traitor to your sex because you told the wife whose husband had cheated on her, "Forget it." Tliat same woman wrole again to say, "What do you mean, 'forget How can a tortured, miserable wife put something like that out of her mind? She is not a machine. She's a heart- broken wreck who has been betrayed, lied to and double Your answer was beautiful, Ann. You said: "O.K., don't forget it. Remember it. Harp on it. Keep him up nights. Make him suffer. Get even with the rat. After a while you'll notice he is no longer defending himself against your tirades. He'll become quieter and gnicter. One day it will be so quiet around your house you won't be able to stand it. He'll be gone." No, 1 am not an Infantryman's Wife, but I, was a jealous, suspicious, woman. When my husband speak to another I sulked, pouled, stayed up half the night crying and accusing him of everything under the sun. 0 yes, we kissed and made up after I got the anger out of my system, but he became quieter and less communicative as I beat him into submission. Tonight it is so quiet in this house I can't bear it. He is gone. No, he didn't walk out on me, he died. Today is the first anniversary of his death. How odd that 1 should have read that particular column today. It's too late for me, Ann, but it might not Ire loo late for somebody else. I hope you get through to those foolish, immature women who kill the most precious thing in their lives. One Who Didn't Know What She Had Till She Lost It DEAR FRIEND: Thank you for wriling. I hope it helped. Unfortunately the words of Omar Khayyam seem cruelly ap- propriate "Nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all your tears wash out a word of it." DEAR ANN LANDERS: Our son called yesterday to say he is coming home for a week. He asked me to reserve a room for him and his girl at a nearby motel. He added, "Please get a room with a large bed. We don't like twin beds." I told him I did not approve of his "now generation" sleeping arrangements and to make his own reservations. His voice became brittle, (as it always does when he becomes irritated) and he replied, "1 am 23 years old and I don't need your approval. 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