Life is Lovelier With Lace…and War Movies!


“I don’t want you to end up like me and not know your history,” she could be heard more than once per child in the Ludvigson household of boys.

“You see, in my History class, the teacher was the football coach…” She could almost see their eyes rolling to the backs of their heads, as they braced themselves to hear once again another historical documentation. This time it was their mother’s. Yes, she could tell stories. And then forget she had already shared them, only to tell them again.


But I want to make sure they learn the lessons I never learned. So they won’t have to bare the same consequences I had to bear,” the Ludvigson Lace Lady/Mother desperately wanted to explain to them, one more time.

You may ask, “Well, what DID you DO with all the class time slated for History?”

Good question. And the Ludvigson Lace Lady replies,

“I remember investing in the Keebler stock market. You know, the little elves! So cute. So I chose them. Who could resist.”


“Bring the newspaper from home and check your stock holdings every day. Right here, in the classroom,” the teacher directed.

While we were enjoying the newspaper, and probably not the stock market pages, Mr. Xxxx/football coach was writing football diagrams on the blackboard.

A few years before the ‘stock market class’ at a different school, in a different city.

“My recollection of 7th grade ‘Social’ class is a film describing the meaning of the hit song, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” as the hallucinating effects of popular psychedelic drugs of the day (LSD).


The end of the film dramatized Spin the Bottle as follows:

▪Youth sitting in a circle, on the floor.

▪Empty bottle in center, lying sideways.

▪Bottle spinned.

▪Spinned bottle stops, pointing at one of the youth.

▪Youth identified as winner.

▪The winner takes the available gun and shoots himself in the head.

▪End of film.


“Interesting history. Something I have not forgotten,” the Ludvigson Lace Lady ponders.

“Hindsight now reveals that those were the days of burning draft cards and rioting in the streets for ‘Peace, Not War.'”

“Know your history,” she begged her boys. “Or you are bound to repeat it.”

Well wouldn’t you know it, those boys did soak up the genuine, authentic, real history!  And soon were instructing me! And I was all ears.


“Please replace ‘Spin the Bottle’ with something else!”

One of the most entertaining resources for war history is old war movies. The Ludvigson boys watched them all. And once in a while the Ludvigson Lace Lady/mom was able to sit in on one!

Today, she is still catching up.

To get a glimpse of the courageous sacrifice of our American soldiers, she highly recommends a regular dose of any and/or all war movies you can get find.


“Documentories too,” she adds. For they truly gave the Ludvigson Lace Lady the history that she never received.

Life is Lovelier With Lace…

And with crochet hook in hand, the long lost history education was ignited, and the flame continues to grow as each dvd/video is placed into the war machine.

Crocheting lace works its way into all of life, you know! Can’t live without it!

So if you already know your history, good for you!


“Learn more! You should see Mr. Ludvigson Lace/Husband divulging more every day!

He touts, “The more you know, the more you realize you don’t know,” as he pulls another book off the shelf, illustrating to his wife, “There’s always something more to learn!”

Me? “Yes, I want to learn. Hand me another video, Dear.”

With wielded hook in hand and ammo in the war machine,

~Debbie Ludvigson

The Ludvigson Lace Lady



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