Franklin: We got married, we had nowhere to go, no money to go with. And she was 19 and I was 20, and we lived with my mother and father for five years. Then we moved down here and been here ever since. On a farm.
Lee: What year were you all married?
Lee: ’43. During World War II?
Audrey: Mm-hmm. And we got married on Christmas Day. Don’t never do that. Everybody said, “Why did you get married on Christmas Day?” And Franklin said, “That was the only day I could get off.”
Lee: Is that true?
Franklin: That’s about the truth, ’cause … it was from daybreak to sundown, six days a week, and the next day you were at church, every Sunday, unlike it is today.
Everett: Back in them days, you didn’t have electricity. Had no radio.
Everett: You just ate and worked and went to bed.
Franklin: I remember the first speech I ever heard on a radio was when Roosevelt declared war.
Everett: Do you remember where you were?
Everett: Do you remember where you were when they bombed Pearl Harbor?
Franklin: The school.
Everett: No, I’m talking about the day he made the speech – we were over on Chincoteague. That was on Saturday. … We were over there on Chincoteague, went over there to get something. Stopped there at the store, and there was a radio going. We didn’t have a radio then. No, I guess we did have one by then.
Franklin: I was thinking about that remark. … I’ll think about it after a while.
Audrey: Our first TV we got was in 1952. That was when our last son was born. We got this TV, and I was tickled to death. I come home from the hospital, and a TV was sitting in the corner. When we first got married, it was wartime. And we, of course, wanted furniture and I wanted a living room suite – it had no springs in it. And I got one table for the dining room, and that table went like a swayback mule. It just done like that. It was no good. All those things we wanted, they weren’t worth buying. But we bought ’em and made out with it. I think we were happier than today, more than a lot of young ones are. We didn’t have a whole lot, but we enjoyed ourselves.
Franklin: What do they call them? Now people call them the “good old days”, but they weren’t so good. They were rough.
Audrey: We had to work for them.
Franklin: Twelve, thirteen, fifteen hours a day.
from an interview with Franklin & Audrey Holland and Everett Holland, fall 2009.