Monday, September 6, 2010

My Family

My parents, siblings and children pose for a picture at my sister's home when we came back to Illinois for a visit at Christmas time in the very early 1960's. Bud stands between Joanne and me, my dad, sitting next to Mom, holds Craig, Jo's youngest boy who is not wanting his picture taken. Sitting in front is our smiling cub scout, Bill, our daughter, Sherry, and my sister's older boy, Danny. Mom blinked her eyes, but it still is a pretty good picture of the family. Notice the little cup on the table to the right - painting cups and plates was the rage back in those days. And on the table to the right - Marlboro's and a book of matches - ever present. Not good, but that was the way it was. I am ashamed to say I enjoyed smoking but am so very happy that I quit and would never take it up again- just wish I had done it sooner. As my mom used to say, "Wish in one hand and spit in the other and see which gets full the quickest!" Isn't that a gem? My parents had some funny little sayings they would spout off once in a while. One of my dad's was, "I'd like to buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth!" Mom used to refer to our home as "Nan's Nut House". That was a joke, of course, but maybe a little truth in it occasionally! Enough witticisms for today! Maybe I will come up with more later on. (Click to enlarge)


  1. Love the sayings. Most especially the "spit in one hand..." Never heard any of these. I can easily imagine these on t-shirts.

  2. Hi nice blog.


  3. Whenever my dad would take us anywhere that involved saying goodbye to my grandma, she would tell my dad to "be careful cause all of my eggs are in one basket." My mom was an only child and grandma only had us as grandkids so I guess she was right with warning my dad to drive carefully. How funny is that saying to hear as a young child. I really didn't know what she meant by it. But dad would always promise her that he would be safe.