“Baby Needs New Shoes”

In the 1960’s  – my husband decided to take us to the “Dog Races” in Florida – as I had never been there before. We had a table with some friends that were buying tickets on an up and coming  “Dog Race” – – and this lady next  to me was yelling, “Baby Needs New Shoes!” 

This was all new to me – and since,  I had no idea of how you would be able to pick a  “WINNER”  – did not take any chances – just did my fair share of watching and talking with those that seem to be –  really enjoying  this type of  “RACING” and some people were “WINNERS” – while I was also watching a  number  of others – just tearing up their tickets and throwing them on the ground, must have been losers!

This one lady at our table, yelling for “Baby needs new shoes” to WIN – finally was so happy that her “DOG” was a WINNER – and so I had to ask her, “WHY” she picked this DOG – and so she said – “Earlier in the day – she was saying,  “BABY needs new shoes” and when this “dog” was on the program – she just knew it would be a WINNER, for her!”

I have since found out that,  “BABY NEEDS NEW SHOES” IS A GAMBLING TERM,  may have been used in the movies, when someone is about to roll the dice – and just have to say something – that will help send those dice  – flying to the other end of the table, as “WINNERS!”

So,  how do you like these  “New Shoes for a BABY?”

When you get to be my age – You just might like to tell people that you are NOW, in your second childhood – and as a new “BABY”  – your shoes are looking just a little on the shabby side,  and really could stand to be replaced – if “Prince Charming”  stepped into the picture!

There is a “Prince Charming”  in this  picture, my Grandson Alan, – was asking,  what would you like for your “BIRTHDAY”  and whatever you  would like  – just say so – and he will take me, to shop for it.  So, there I am thinking – as I have no idea of what in the world would  I  now want or even  need – after all of these years, if I did not get what I wanted – now is way past the time to start doing any kind of silly getting  of stuff – that I may never ever think to use – since so much that you buy,  today – – has at least ten pages of instructions  – for the how’s to work it – just too much trouble for me to start all over to try  to learn some  “New tricks” – that make no sense.

There is a point in TIME – that if you did not “DO” something when you were “YOUNG and ABLE” – how can you justify the TIME you have left – trying out something that  is just too complicated to start with? But, I did have to say something – so, I said, “BABY needs new shoes!” – How’s that for saying something?

Alan picked me up,  took me  to a couple of different Shoe Stores – so that I now have four pair f brand new shoes that I am now breaking in. New shoes are tough and rough on old feet, but as  I am wearing them – a different pair each day – I like the new choices and my feet like the fact that this “old BABY got New SHOES” – and the best part of the “Shopping trip”  – was a terrific dinner to finish the day.

Birthdays only come around once a year – but this last BIRTHDAY  – will be lasting forever – as long as I am wearing  a pair of  “NEW SHOES!”

“Just  have to ask the Almighty Yahweh to BLESS,  my GRANDSON, ALAN – more abundantly than he  would ever expect – for being a most wonderful GRANDSON!” D.V.

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“More Information and PHOTOS of Mom”

This first Photo is of Mom,  when she was first expecting me! 

 It is terrific that  some of the soldiers were coming back from the Philippines on trains from California to Saint Louis, and then my “Father to be”  also on that train – met up with a fellow soldier by the last name of  “Fleming” – cousin to  “MARIE Brady” – was telling “Denny McClarren” about a party for him and  his friends coming back  home – – and to come with him and meet his FAMILY.

Denny McClarren was going to his home in “OHIO” but,  there would be a lay over giving him time to take in a “PARTY” for returning soldiers  in the ‘North Saint Louis’ area, and there is the beginning road work for a romance leading to marriage,  and only the “Almighty Creator” knew what  –  was to follow. 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     If only they made cameras that would be perfectly focused in,  on the extra special  subject, my MOM to be,  – – way back  and then,  in the 1930’s?

If  –  “Marie” did mot have to be the one child in the “Brady Family” to have to be the “Care-taker” of the older “PARENTS” –  since they did not have  that “Social Security”  thing,  set up way back then – maybe we would have had the chance to get to know our MOTHER when she was much younger? But of course, we do not have that choice to make,  as we  have been “thought of ” – way before the ‘world’  was a reality – – and we are only the “creatures” – and never  have been,  the “CREATOR” of this universe.  Everything had been in  a special  plan of the Creator and only by the “CREATOR”  as we read in the BIBLE “Psalm 139”.

So, I am very  well pleased,  with the way everything has been and is going according to a plan and we just need to learn to be content with what we have and have received – and to do our part to help to make everything better for our neighbor as our self – and without complaining. “Who in the world likes to hear constantly,  from a big complainer – any way?”

There was an old sayin so long ago – – forgot who started promoting it – – but it goes like this, “The LORD helps those that help themselves” – – and of course most people took that the wrong way – –  but,  if you give a thought or two about it – – it means that if you  can help some one along the road to Eternity –   – instead of only doing for yourself – – you will be receiving so much more help in your own needs – – because – – when someone is only receiving and never giving – his empty hand will cause such “backache” – – that there is no healthy  LIFE for  such a stingy one.

“In giving,  we receive  more Blessings from our CREATOR – – and that is what is most important  for us – – on this trip to our Eternal Reward!”     D.V.

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“Marie, the Guardian of the Family”

Every FAMILY has different rules – – and what will work for one Family,  may not be what another Family will agree to doing.

On the right is Marie Brady and neighbor friend,  Martha  Hoffman sitting nest to her and on the nest set of steps by himself, Thomas F. Brady – -Marie’s  father. In the very early 1900’s  those front steps that they are sitting, were scrubbed every week – – regular as clock work – and as you can see – they enjoyed sitting on these nice and clean steps – – what more could you ask for – to be out doors an enjoy talking with neighbors and keeping  as “COOL” as you will get during  that hot Summer weather.

This Photo has to have been taken,  before 1927, as that is the year that Mr. Brady died. The reason to mention that, is that Marie was the care-taker of her parents since all of the rest of the FAMILY was married and moved away, only to come home on the weekend when old Mrs. Brady would prepared a very large dinner for all of the children with spouse to enjoy. Jim Brady and wife were living in Texas and Phillip Brady  not married was living in Chicago  due some riff he had with his Father.

 This is my Grandma Brady sitting on  her back porch with their   “canary”  getting some fresh air and SUNSHINE. They always had a bird and my Mother had one also,  for the longest time – – and I still have their  keep safe “bird-bath” – which meant so much to all of the “Brady’s” –  and I did use it for our Bird in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is a very good profile shot of  “Anne Brady” and the same profile for  “Aunt Irene” and most of the Family that picked up the British  genes.


 So, on this Photo we see all of them enjoying  the good ole days  – a well deserved rest after a long hard and hot day of work. Each day of the week there were always the same chores to be done – the clothes to be washed on Monday – no fancy wash machines and then every thing hung outside on the clothes line, Tuesday everything that was washed had to now be ironed, even down to the last handkerchief. They may not have had electric irons – – can not remember for sure – – because I have seen some old irons that were used as “door-stops”  so that was a job that could last a couple of days.

Regular house-cleaning  follow by Friday and Saturday  “BAKING”  bread, cakes and pies and all of their favorites to last the week. Mr Brady never ate any baked goods from a “BAKERY” would only eat that which  his wife would bake! Everything was  baked from scratch,   and I still have some of their old recipes.

After Mr. Brady died, Marie and her Mother still lived together – still doing all that they had done in the past, and Marie was still obligated to staying at home taking care of her MOTHER,  and as her Mother was getting too old to do all of  her own  baking and making the large meals for the family to come over and enjoy – a small change was made.

On Sundays, one of the brothers and wife would come over and take the “MOTHER to their home and they  were  to enjoy a good time. Every time that Mrs. Brady was to be taken out, she would have Marie give  to her $50.00,  and she put it in her purse. After several months of this going on,  Marie did not put the $50.00 in her Mother’s purse this one time – – just to see what would happen.

“WOW!” They brought the MOTHER back home so fast and the Mother was upset – – that she did not have any money to give them – -but that was the idea of this!  Did they want their MOTHER – or did they just  want the money,  that she would be bringing to them? So when the air cooled down – – everybody knew how they stood – –  just  simply connivers for as long as they could get by with it. Naturally    ” Marie” was now the enemy – since she held the purse strings.

That is the way it is – – in some Families – – lessons to be  taught and  then learn the correct way of living with your own Family!

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“Still Remembering Mama”

 This is one PHOTO that I had found of my “MOTHER” – It was hidden in a closet! 

 When I came home from the Orphanage, I was still in the habit  of  doing different chores each and every day – and,  for hours at a time. So, in my opinion that is, I thought that I should start doing some of the  things that I had done – – and that was cleaning out  areas that  look like no one had done anything about for years.

Since  having worked for “Sister Seraphine” for several different times – and,  I did like her – and,  she was in charge of the  “girl’s Clothing”  area on the third floor – -I was always nosy and like to go through the boxes of stuff in closets. So, that is where I began. I checked out everything  hanging on hangers, to see what there was – if anything was,  what I would wear –  and,  what if anything my MOTHER did not want any more –  because – there was a  ‘second -hand dealer’   in the near-by neighborhood – – and things that my “Aunt Irene Riley” would give me – – that were not what I could use – that was the place to take them –  turning the stuff  into money.

In the apartment building where my  “AUNT Irene”  lived – there was a woman that did “shoe-modelling” and she gave to my  “AUNT” some of the sample shoes she thought I would like –  they were “high-heels”  and my MOTHER thought,  “that they were  not  correct for a teenager to wear” –  so they were new and I took them to the “second-hand dealer” –   and he paid me a nice price for them,  I felt  that I had made a good friend and a ‘good buyer’  of  junk!

It is amazing the stuff you will find in a closet –  especially one that  no one ever  cleans out –  the stuff is put in, and just as fast,  forgotten – getting older – and no one will ever think to look at or for anything – except me – I just LOVE  going through a closet and looking for what I consider highly valuable –  to me,  or to sell!

When I had started going through the boxes and stuff on the upper shelves –  stuff that no one had looked at for years – I was in HEAVEN finding things that no one remembered and things that belonged to me as a “baby”  like the “Snow White Doll” still in the original box  – as it came out when the “Movie”  was first released and maybe someday would be worth lots of money – but, too good to just be played with,  and destroyed!

The “PHOTO”  above that was  carefully wrapped up in the original papers from the  Photographer –   just there and nothing else. So, this I had to take and show my MOM – and wanted to know if I could hang it up?   “NO!”   “I do not like that PHOTO,  just put it back!”   – Well,  I did as I was told,  and put extra wrapping paper around it –   as I wanted to be able to remember where this was –   in hopes that maybe some day, “Mom”  would change her mind, and I could hang it up!  That never happened,  but years later when I had all of these PHOTOS of the ‘ancestors’  – I decided to frame the PHOTO and NOW have it hanging in my   bed-room,  and I LOVE the PHOTO –   as it does look terrific in my ‘book,’    as I see it, my MOM was a very beautiful woman,  inside and out, as so many of her Friends have told me, so many wonderful things, that I did not know,  from her younger days!

“Happy Birthday, MOM – – I know that in HEAVEN,  You can celebrate,  all week long –  so have  FUN!”    D.V.

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“Happy Birthday to the Best MOTHER”

Little Marie Brady, herself.

 This PHOTO of little, MARIE gives  to me, an idea of where certain  features  of some of   our  generations  now   following  – whether  or not,  they LOOK like  the maternal side of the FAMILY.

Just to start off in LIFE, as the “thirteenth child” – that just has all kinds of things that we today would not know how to handle, much less  understand. A couple of “MARIE’s” older brothers were already married and no longer living at home – and with FAMILY gatherings – – so many thought that  “Little Marie” was one of their  daughters’.

“MARIE” was now replacing the previous ‘baby’ in the FAMILY, and that was Phillip Brady,  just ten years older than Marie. The only other girl in the FAMILY was Irene Brady and she was five years older than Phillip – and in a few more years would be getting married to a William B. Riley.

 “Here is one of my favorite PHOTOS of little, “MARIE” – and just the way she is looking – – I have seen several of  the future children to come along through out the years – that have this very same look!”

How would you like,  to have to wear so many clothes on  a hot “SUMMER DAY”  as little MARIE has on – and do not forget the extra ‘petticoats’ and the “Pantaloons” which  generally fasten around the waist and could  reach to the ankles, and all of these were wonderful for WINTER weather – – but for the SUMMER time – – no wonder people were all small and they melted off any chance of getting too heavy.

Also, as a small child, Marie had the lightest of  “Blonde color hair” – as she grew older  – her hair would start turning brown and getting darker, and instead of grey or white hair when she died –  it was dark brown – –  just the opposite of most people.

Just  need to add a few other words  that describe  “MARIE” some  – qualities, motherlyprotectivecaring, nurturing, lovingdevotedaffectionatefondwarmtendergentlekindkindlycomforting – and only if you really spent  some quality time with her – – would you  really get to know what a wonderful person she always was!

May our Almighty Yahweh bless  “MARIE, my MOTHER” more so than so many others – – as  her LIFE was arranged for those times  which  made  it impossible  to live her own LIFE – – when the youngest girl in a FAMILY had to be the “care-taker” of her parents –  presenting problems  and a  difficult  LIFE here  on EARTH, and she did deserve so much better than she received!
“Happy Birthday, MOM” – – -D.V.

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“It was the BEST of Times, and…”

“and…  The Worst of Times for the  McClarren Family!”

This PHOTO has seen better days, but I am so glad and LUCKY to even have it. When you consider the number of moves from one house to another –  the packing of “stuff” and not knowing really what is being packed with what –  and, will these items stay together safely – and are they even connected  – should I want to look for something?

When you  move – – the last thought that you have on your mind is, “Am I organizing these items correctly  and then  listing on the out side of the box –  just exactly what is in this box?”  So far, in my LIFE, I have not done that –  and in having others help you pack,  for the big  move –  they are just stuffing  “stuff”  in to empty boxes – then taping them shut  – and,  no one will ever know  –  where are the Photographs and the boxes of good pictures, that will need some extra special care!

Tomorrow is the 25th of September  and is Mom’s BIRTHDAY and this PHOTO has all of us –  just as HAPPY as we could be –  it was a Visiting Sunday!    ***** “HAPPY BIRTHDAY  MAMA” *****

From the left is,  Tommy  – Mary Ellen – Denny, Jr. and MOM with our brand new baby sister, “EVE KAREN” –  in her arms.  “KAREN” was a twin and her sister’s name was “KATHLEEN’ – each twin weighing in at “eight and a half pounds” – and our MOTHER only a small “five foot” person. Things just did not work out too well in this situation.  Mom had to stay off her feet, so in the fourth month  of her pregnancy,   we were temporarily placed in the German St. Vincent’s Orphanage  – to last for approximately six months?

The babies were just too large, and “KATHLEEN” being  the first to be born, had a crushed lung. In those days, they may or may not have had what it takes to save  Kathleen’s life – so she did die that first week of LIFE and was buried at  Calvary Cemetery  a Roman Catholic cemetery located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Today,  in Heaven there is a big BIRTHDAY PARTY going on as most of the FAMILY is up there – and, I am betting that, they are having more FUN there, than they ever did  – down here!  Finally, when it is over down here – – and you have been  looking forward to the time that you will be in HEAVEN – –  You can rest assured that  – – everything will be so much better than you could have ever expected – – and you will have our Almighty Creator being there  the KING of KINGS  and all of your DREAMS,  have  the best of endings!    D.V.

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