Mother, c. 1945

Willie Merle Wiseman, c. 1945

A Young Wife and Mother: Mrs. Robert L. Taylor. This picture would have been taken when my sister Carole and I were three and four years old, and before the birth of Janis. Daddy, a rising young salesman for Star Engraving Company, had bought the house in Nichols Hills, which must have seemed, at least at first, idyllic, a dreamhouse in the suburbs--it even had a white picket fence (though only in the back yard). But things fell apart. She was, as they said in those days, on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and Daddy took her, on her doctor's recommendation, for an extended vacation. They went to Las Vegas and, I think, on to California.

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