Today was a family reunion, my dad's side. It started out in the 1950's as my paternal grandfather's birthday party, and later evolved into a reunion.
I'm really sorry I don't have a copy of an old 1945 snapshot: It shows four baby girls about the same size, sitting on a blanket... me and three cousins, all born in 1944. Daddy, Uncle Orville, Uncle Cecil and Uncle Clifford all managed to get their wives pregnant within a three-month time period. All carrying girls.
Anyway, it's always been tradition that whenever the four of us girls are together, we simply must have our picture taken for old time's sake. Today we were joking about that first shot of us, sitting on a blanket on the ground, and somebody got the bright idea that we should sit on a blanket for this year's picture.
Ahem. Can YOU see the blanket? That's what we're laughing about; you'll have to take my word for it that it's there. Another thing we're laughing about is the fact that three of us have bad knees, and we're wondering how we're going to get up when they're done taking pictures.
Those three sisters are some of my daddy's sister's girls. But see the lady on the left? That's my sister, born to my daddy and his first wife. Notice the resemblance? She's a double-cousin to them.
Cousin Alice, one of the 1944 babies...
and another, Frances.
Those two are double cousins to one another (there were lots of double cousins back when people didn't travel far out of their communities). They graduated high school with me. In fact, being the loner that I was, they were my main friends in those years. They were also the first friends I had when we moved to Kansas City in 1955, because they lived downstairs in our apartment building in Harlem.
Two 91-year-old aunts, Ruth (Daddy's brother's wife) and Gladys (my daddy's sister). They're both living in a nursing home now.
I realize there's nothing more boring that other people's family reunions, but that's what my readers get today. It's about my history, my roots.
And by the way, there's another reunion next week. My mom's family.
So there you have it.