June 15, 2015
They mourn differently.
I read somewhere that when parents lose a child, the mother and father mourn differently. In general, Women “speak.” Men “work.”
So it was in my own family.
On June 5, 1972, at the age of twenty-eight, my sister Paula Carol Wiesenfeld passed away unexpectedly. From that day forward my mother Ruth Polatschek spoke lovingly and admiringly and proudly of her only daughter.
From that day forward my father Otto Polatschek closeted himself and immersed himself in his lifelong devotion to stamp collecting. He also began a new Project. I can only guess his motivation; he decided to construct a Polatschek Family Tree.