“What’s wrong with Daddy?” Sara asked her mother.
“Nothing, Honey. He just doesn’t want to be disturbed, that’s all. Run along now.”
“Are you sure he’s okay?” Jack asked. “He’s not like himself.”
“War does that to people. Now, be careful going across the bridge. Make sure you hold Sara’s hand tightly so that she doesn’t run off.”
“Mommy, if we see the beautiful insect, can we bring it home?”
“Oh, come along,” Jack said impatiently.
Jane watched them go. They too had noticed that their father had changed. The war and something else were responsible.
This is part eight of the story about General Turpentine and Maddie, the African-American nurse he met and fell in love with during World War II.