My parents, Nurse Vivian and Hap, got married on Nov. 8, 1947, in Sacred Heart Church. The next day, they drove off for their honeymoon, first at Buttermilk Falls near Ithaca, N.Y., then Niagara Falls. Family story goes that Brother XX was conceived at Buttermilk, as he was born nine months and 11 days after the wedding.
Upon their return to Glendale, N.Y. (this was a few years before the move to South Ozone Park), my mother started in on her new role as full-time nurse/full-time homemaker. First order of business: cooking dinner.