Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.
This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt suggests music and dancing. According to my mother, Daddy was a good dancer while she was not. His mother taught him. The thought of my granny dancing fills my imagination with all kinds of pictures. Sadly, there are no real pictures of such joy when a mother and son are dancing.
However, Daddy put those lessons to good use, supplying me with one good photo. My dad attended at least one high school dance. The BIG one. Maybe it was a prom or maybe the Senior dance for the Class of 1945. I don’t know for sure, but it was important enough for the school to take a group picture.
|Daddy is in the second row, third boy from the left as well as third boy from the right.|
Babbs is partially hidden but is on Daddy's right.
Daddy’s date was a girl called Babbs. But theirs was not a love story.
|Me with my two grandfathers. |
Momma and Daddy are at the door to our trailer.
A long week of study often led to relaxed weekends at football games or shared meals in the cramped quarters of those white trailers. Momma and Daddy used to laugh when they recalled “the Babbs stories” from those days.
Babbs Story #1
Sometimes when they got together, they played Twenty Questions. It was Babbs’ turn. One of the questions was “Was he a politician?” Babbs’ response was, “I guess you could say he dabbled in politics.” After Jimmy, Momma, and Daddy used up their twenty, Babbs proudly revealed the answer that had stumped students of law and of architecture: Adlai Stevenson. Imagine their reaction – a mixture of laughter and anger and frequent echoes of “dabbled in politics” said with a combined exclamation point and question mark.
Babbs Story #2
Babbs was sitting at the table with paper and pencil. “How do you spell porken?” she asked. The others were puzzled. “Porken? What’s that?” In all sincerity and innocence, Babbs said, “I’m working on my grocery list and I need ‘porken beans.’”
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