c'est la moux pas la choux.


For My Daddy, Happy Birthday!!


Me, (in pink) Dad, and my sister Denise, 1966, Malone, NY.


After the divorce, the little guy is my

half brother Kenny.

My mom and dad met in Quebec City, Canada at the Chateau Frontenac on the promenade in 1953.  As the story goes, it was love at first sight.  They were married in 1954 a short time later.  My mom did not speak any English and dad spoke very little French.  I guess they spoke the language of love.  They moved to my dad’s birth place in Connecticut.  That is where all of us were born.  There are 4 of us.  Some of you may know my oldest sister C, known as “ No Drama For the Mama”, then there is a pair of twins, Denise and Dennis, and then I am the baby!!  The marriage didn’t last too long with dad being gone on the road all the time, mom had all of us alone all the time.  She had some suspicions about him which were, in the end, true.  So the inevitable was divorce, and a big move for mom and us kids. 


Our humble little house in Malone, NY.

Here we lived out our days until we all went our separate ways.  Dad would come visit us when he would pass through on his truck routes which were not too often.  We would cherish those times.  We had a hard but good life in our little house in upstate NY.  I think back on all those years….some good, some not so good.  I just wish I could of known my daddy more.  Happy birthday to you, and hope to see you again one day!  I love you!  xxxxxx oooooo 


Funny in My Mind said...

Happy birthday to your daddy!

C said...

toone, i was thinkin about posting the kitchen one too! arent we, tho? lol... DEEP SIGH. if only, yeah?

C said...


you DO realize that's me in the lawn chair? it was a few days after I lost the baby.... :( and i was waiting to get to the mailman before mommy cuz she was stealing all the letters from david so i wouldnt see them.. but on this saturday, i got the mail first and 2 letters from him... i wouldnt let her have them and she was so mad...

ChiTown Girl said...

Happy birthday to your daddy :)

Maria said...

You know, I often feel like an old fogey when I tell my daughter that it was COMMONPLACE to share a bedroom with a sibling and to only have ONE bathroom for an entire family to share. I grew up with three sisters in a farmhouse in small town Iowa that was only 950 square feet.

My daughter has had her own spacious bedroom since birth and we have five bathrooms in our old Victorian. She has NO idea that she really is living the high life.

jo.irish.rose said...

Thanks for all the kind words.

Chris, I did know it was you, but since it was so fuzzy, I didn't mention it! Lol And you told me that story before. Take your aricept sister of mine!!! Lmao!!

Maria, our house was also with one tiny little bathroom, and two tiny bedrooms which we all shared. My brother slept in the hallway, on a twin bed/cot, of all things!!! No privacy!!! Raised in a house full of women!! Poor thing!!! It's a wonder he turned out semi-normal!! We had to do what we had to do with in those days. God bless!! xxx Hope all is going better for Bing.

Jim said...

Hi! Any sister of Chris is a sister of mine!!! lol Does that even make sense?
Seems a 'sense of humour' runs in the family!