Mom-ninja. Posted July 15, 2012 Share Posted July 15, 2012 Do people in your family talk about the family's past? Do you know things about your ancestors? Do you know things about your grandparents even? I find myself astonished, bewildered, and miffed at times with my parents. My dad will every now and then say something casually about our family history that I had no clue about, and yet find fascinating and wish I had known sooner. Just recently I learned that my grandfather (recently turned 93) at one time in his life played in the Seattle Symphony. He played the cello. I had no idea. Yesterday, my dad was visiting and again dropped another :w00t: bomb. He mentions that in the airport the other day he was standing in front of Ma and Pa from The Egg and I. He said the couple reminded him of the couple in the book. I had never heard of the book. He says it was written by Betty MacDonald the same woman who wrote Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. I told him I just read that book last week to the boys. Then he continues in on off hand way, "Oh, yeah. Mrs. MacDonald was really nice. We had a lot of fun at her house." Wait. What?! He then tells me that when he was a kid they lived next door to the MacDonalds. My grandmother (also named Betty) was good friends with Betty MacDonald and they were together all the time. Both their husbands had been Marines, and they had lots of other things in common. He said they were always at each others' houses a lot. He told me I should read The Egg and I because it is about when she lived next door to my grandparents. I'm floored. Floored! Why was I not told this before?! BTW, The Egg and I is available for Kindle at $2.99. I have to read it now. I can't believe my grandmother was friends with her. I wish I could have talked to my grandmother about this before she died. Oh, I did know that my grandmother once dated Charles Schulz, but it obviously didn't work out as she married my grandpa. :001_smile: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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