Friday, July 13, 2012

Sepia Saturday: And here comes Wendy with a baby carriage


Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.





This week’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt features a baby carriage. 

I was an only child for almost 8 years.  I wanted a baby sister.  So I wished on every wishbone.

from Google Images

I wished on every birthday candle.



I said it out loud.  (I’m sure my parents were embarrassed.  But I’m sure they embarrassed me plenty, so we’ll just call it even.)

Eventually it happened.

Wendy and Mary Jollette
August 1959

And Momma made sure that baby sister was MINE.  I fed her.  I changed her diapers.  I dressed her.  When she was getting too old for that second nap, which kept her up at all hours, I had to play with her and walk her around and make darn sure she didn’t go to sleep.  It was not easy. 

Sometimes I wished I hadn’t wished for that sister.

Like when I had to help with birthday parties and sleep-overs.  




And when I had to keep playing “Chopsticks” and “Heart and Soul.” 



I even played house when I was much too old for that.  

1964
(I was on my knees!) 


And this is the thanks I get.  



But fast forward many years …

I'm the tall one.
She's the pretty one.

Today we're the best of friends.  Just what I wished for.



Stroll over to Sepia Saturday for more babies and buggies.  



48 comments:

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    1. Ha - thanks! I can't wait for my sister to see this. I wonder if she'll agree.

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  2. Oh, you made me cry. And laugh. You are both the pretty ones! This is a most wonderful post, Miss Wendy! I was 7 when my last sister was born, so I can relate. Hugs,

    Kathy M.

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  3. Oh...great post! I was born in 1959...and I had two sisters who wished for me...they were 11 and 9 when I was born. They "raised" me too and then they both got married at 18 and I was left all alone :(

    And I had that same stroller! And the sun top had dingle balls on it.)

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    1. Hmm, birth order specialists would have a field day trying to figure out what baby-of-the-family and only-child traits you have.

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  4. This is a great story told with pictures - or is it a cautionary tale Wendy? Either way it had the perfect happy ending.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! I like how it turned out too, especially considering the years I wanted to drop-kick her into next week.

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  5. Great photos, thank you. That push chair looks a bit like a shopping trolley!

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    1. Ha- yeah - and there was probably at least one bad wheel too.

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  6. Wendy, such a lovely story...and you are both pretty! My granddaughters are 7 years apart, now 16 and 9, she is good she comes many times to the level of the 9 year old. My sister is 5 years older, when she was 7 an I was 2, she took me into the village and left me there, she said she did not want a sister, so the story goes..like how you were looking after your little sister, but I guess it can get sometimes a bit much to look after a much younger sibling.

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    1. That's a funny sister story. But obviously you are none the worse for being abandoned. I don't think I ever did anything that bad.

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  7. Aw! This is such a sweet post!

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  8. Very heartwarming - a tribute to sisterhood. I sure miss mine and wish I'd been more appreciative when I had the chance! I hope your sister reads this.

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    1. I'm sure I'll hear about it when she gets around to reading. In fact, I'm surprised she hasn't found this post yet.

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  9. Thank you for this wonderful story. It is a blessing to have one or more sisters.

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    1. It certainly is a blessing. Especially for blogging and family history, two heads are better than one!

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  10. My birthday was always celebrated on Thanksgiving because I was born on Thanksgiving. I got the wishbone from the Thanksgiving turkey to make a wish.

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    1. I hope you made good wishes. Did they come true?

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  11. Lawd girl! LOL this is funny. I am SURE Momma made you be the mother, heavens knows she didn't have time with all that sewing and schoolwork. You forgot to mention getting be a new candy bag on Erickson Street when mine burst Halloween night-that is a true sister!

    Just picture me doing the hand clap like Nettie and Celie from the Color Purple!

    Love,
    Your baby sister!

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    1. Well, you certainly took your time getting here! (Both in real life and in blogging life.) I guess if I had had a Halloween picture I could have told that story.

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  12. me not be-that is what I get for typing with no glasses!

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  13. What a lovely series of photos - and a lovely sentiment :-) I'm the eldest of 4 and all I wished for was a kitten/puppy/pony... But I appreciate my siblings now!

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    1. Kitten/puppy/pony wishes are good too.

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  14. Oh this was quite fun. What a happy and joyful time you had growing up! I loved playing house too and well actually I guess in way we still are!

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    1. Ha ha - yes, I guess playing house was just a dress rehearsal for the real thing.

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  15. They were powerful wishbones you were using, so funny and heartwarming. You could never mistake you for anything but sisters.

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    1. That's what everyone says, but I don't see it. However, we do have the same knees.

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  16. Rosemary Clooney's song 'Sisters' came to my mind immediately I read this but I could only find a Bette Midler recording of it to remind me of the 'devoted sisters.' Seema appropriate somehow.

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    1. Oh Bob -- you must know that every year we watch "White Christmas" and sing right along with Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. Our other tune is "Miss Celie's Blues" (or "Sister") from "The Color Purple." My husband will even sing a snip of one song or the other if he catches Mary and me doing something "sisterly" like saying the same thing at the same time.

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  17. This is the sweetest sister tribute! My favorite pic is the one of you pushing her in the stroller - you look so proud to be the big sister. :) I nominate your post as the best of this week's Sepia Sat. submissions.

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    1. I think I was indeed proud -- it was just a few months into the game so the newness hadn't worn off.

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  18. I also did the wishbone thing and birthday, etc, but eventually, my parents had to explain to me the facts of life and that mommy's baby manufacture was closed for good, given she (and I) nearly died... The machinery had been surgically removed. So there were no cabbage patch or bees stories for me. I knew the real deal, and that it wouldn't be happening. So, I find this especially touching that you so wanted a sibling, and eventually got your wish. Great set!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Baby manufacturing parts or not, your mom didn't need to mess with perfection! So glad you both made it out of there alive.

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    2. Indeed, but she wanted more kids, and had to be happy with only one. Not her idea of family as she herself had a few siblings. Oh well!!

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  19. What a wonderful and enjoyable post. And you are both very attractive.
    My Aunty told stories of her troublesome younger brother (my dad) as she had to get him to sleep (he was 16 years younger) before she could go out. She was certain that he deliberately played up to stop her from going out!

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    1. Oh, yeah, that does sound like a troublesome brother. And when you're itching to go out, a few minutes can feel like an eternity.

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  20. A really neat twist on the baby in a pram theme. Very special, thanks for the treat.

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  21. What a sweet post! That picture in front of the Christmas tree--hilarious!

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    1. Hmm -- I wonder if you mean the first tree or second tree.

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  22. They always do say you should be careful what you wish for. You were a very good elder sister. I wish I could say the same but we were much closer in age.

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