When Are You Coming Home? - Kathleen Asselin
- Blanche and Al's Love Story
When Will You Come Home? Blanche and Al's Love Story is a very personal account of how my parent's experienced the closing months of World War II through the love letters my Mother wrote my Dad from August of 1945 until April of 1946. Her 83 letters were discovered in my Dad's old army bag which we found while we were cleaning out my parent's house after my Mother Blanche had passed away in 2016. The very first letter begins with my Mom's impressions of what it was like to hear the news of World War II ending in her little world of Hamtramck, Michigan which was the predominantly Polish neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. My Mom Blanche wrote my Dad Al faithfully almost every day in the anticipation of his return to their village of Kinde, Michigan nestled in the thumb area of Michigan. Her words echo the uncertainty of her times and her experiences speak to this modern age of what the power of faith, love, perserverance, commitment, and unbridled patriotism can mean. Blanche and Al's journey is the sweet story of two young souls in love and caught up in the history of World War II as it triumphantly draws to a conclusion.