We knew when we returned to California that we would only be there for a short time. Bob was going through educational classes and we knew once he completed his classes, we would receive orders and we would move on to another town. As the time grew nearer to the transfer time I became more nervous. I was happy to be home and I had no desire to move again.
Originally we were supposed to go to Norman, Oklahoma, but in mid-January Bob came home and told us we wouldn't be going to Oklahoma. Then on February 10th we learned that we would be going to Millington, Tennessee. Millington I would later learn, was a town just north of Memphis, Tennessee.
My reaction to this announcement was tears. I started slowly and as the news set in, I became more and more emotional. I would cry over any statement about moving. Soon I was crying most of the time. I was worried about leaving my friends. Patty consoled me nearly every day. It finally became so bad that Patty's mom told me I could stay with their family and finish school at home. I was thrilled. I would be able to stay with my best friend and continue school until graduation at the school I loved. I stopped crying....at least for a short time.
When my mother learned that I had been invited to stay with my friend Patty and her family, she told me: "Absolutely not! We are not separating our family. You are going with us, Ruby".
I was devastated. I began crying again.