Today in My History

2000:  Vet-erans
Taking Off on the Fourth
The Fourth
View from the Gutter
Back to the Beach
"T" Time
Ahhh...Cruel Fate
  Fantasy and Reality
In the Thick of Things

2009:  Home Again
2010:  No Entry--in Transit
2011:  Wrinkly Toes
2012: A Fine and Fabulous 4th
Feisty Females
2014: Sun Tanned, Wind Blown
2015: No entry!!
2016: Lookin' at Houses
2017: Texting Our Way Home
2018  I lied
2019: The Gourmet 49er
2020: Sunflowers
2021: Remembrances

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 7/3
"The Last to Die"
Tess Gerritsen
(book #31 in 2022)

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020
Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018
Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/21)

Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person?

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7 July 2022

Today would have been my uncle Frank's birthday.  I don't know why I remember that every year.  I don't think I remember anybody else's birthday in the family -- and Frank wasn't really "family," but "in-law."  In a family as large as ours (10 first generation, 32 second generation, and lord knows how many third generation--and all the marriages too), it's special that I remember this one birthday.

Frank was married to my aunt Marge, Peach's mother...and actually Marge's birthday is easy to remember because it's Halloween, and I always remember Peach's because we were good friends.  But that's all.  I don't have a clue when her sister's birthday is, or even when my cousin Kathy, who was part of Cousins Day, had her birthday.

some of my cousins; L  to R:  Peach, Mandy, Kathy, Shirley, me, Kelly
Mandy and I are the only ones still alive.

I always thought I had a good relationship with Frank and sent him a card every year on his birthday.  He had a good sense of humor and we teased each other a lot.  I remember when I went on a diet and was able to buy a dress that was a size 10 and he insisted that there was no way I could be wearing a size 10 dress.  I always loved going to his house because I had such a good time with him.

He was one of the few people in my mother's family that my father liked, which is probably why Peach and I got to be good friends because my father enjoyed visiting Frank and Marge and he didn't like any of my mother's other siblings.

My mother (L) and her siblings

I was shocked when I heard that Marge and Frank were divorcing.  I hadn't seen them in a long time, but I wanted to be sure that Frank knew that my feelings for him remained the same, even with the divorce.

I sent him a letter, telling him how special he had been to me and that the divorce wouldn't change my opinion of him, or of our friendship.  I never heard from him again.  Another person I thought loved me...and didn't really!

But I always remember his birthday and think about him every year on this date.


I miss being at that picnic!


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