When the HOLIDAYS…start to wiggle in slowly…. it sure does help for all the FAMILY to get in the mode to what will be done…and by WHO??
SO… in the above photo…Grand-daughter Chris and Grandma are singing a song and it looks like they are hitting a couple of “HIGH” notes…with their mouths opened so nicely … and the “MUSIC-MEN” …standing are Tom Aldrich on the left and younger brother Al Aldrich …strumming the invisible guitar!
We are all dressed in our FESTIVE ATTIRE… as you can see the CHRISTMAS GREEN scarf that I always wear…especially during the HOLIDAY SEASON.
Our fingers may not be working as fast as our MOUTHS… but we do have some nice CHRISTMAS RED RIBBONS and BOWS are nicely attached to the wreaths on the door.
Give a LOOK to the BIRD CAGE…the Parakeet is so HAPPY to hear us sing to him…and a real “HAPPY” SONG – – as usually the BIRDS think…that they should be singing to us!
Everyone is pulling out all those CHRISTMAS BOXES…filled with lots of HAPPINESS and JOY…all patiently waiting for almost a whole year…to be taken out from …hiding …and – NOW …will start to sparkle for us – – for as long as we want to enjoy!
Isn’t it… WONDERFUL…to start with all of “Yesterday -Years’ MEMORIES…just waiting in all those lovely boxes – – – just OPEN and ENJOY!
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The above ” Empty Chair Prayer” was sent to me… by my sister-in-law, Judy…and she received this special PRAYER – – from her daughter.
My brother, DENNY was not with us this year …for Thanks Giving… DENNY had a previous engagement… his CREATOR decided to send to DENNY a very special invitation… and that was to join all the LUCKY SOULS – – that would be seated at the HEAVENLY TABLE…above THAT is… the table that we would all rather be invited too!
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When we get to this time of the year… NOVEMBER and DECEMBER…and “IF” – – in the right kind of FAMILY…where the parents want to give to their children…the world with a ring around it – – well then you may have an idea of what I’m talking about???
In 1900…and the years that followed…my MOTHER was only a little girl…and also the thirteenth and the last. Some of the older brothers were already married and not even living at home…and hardly even knew that there was a new little sister added to the BRADY FAMILY. In fact…Mrs. Thomas F. Brady, was way pass the years that – – you would even think of her bearing another child? Some FAMILY and FRIENDS…almost thought – – that littler MARIE, was the new little, baby girl…born to the eldest of the BRADY boys, JIM BRADY?
At Christmas Time…one year…I had to ask my MOTHER about how she was treated as a child and what did she ask for…and what did she receive? “WOW…what a BIG disappointment…” I knew that her FAMILY had money and could give to her anything and everything…that they surely celebrated in a big way…since they were IRISH!
During the first and very young years of Marie’s Life…the FAMILY celebrated with big FAMILY get together – mainly eating and lots of music and singing afterwards – – with all the FAMILY together – – and no real exchange of gifts…did she remember. But…when she was in the lower grades of school…she did receive a DOLL. She never asked for a DOLL and she said she never really ever asked for anything…since everything was provided.
In hearing my MOTHER…tell me how it was when she was a little girl …sure got me to thinking…about how different we do thing TODAY! We just go off the charts with spending and purchasing items today for people…by putting ourselves in such a big debt – – that after … which ever HOLIDAY – – that we celebrating…we feel a real sick feeling in the gut – – what did we do??? AND.. WHY??
Some of the stories that I hear…leaves me thinking…WHY not continue in the more FAMILY orientated way of old…just getting together …celebrating with FOOD…MUSIC…SONG…just making “MERRY” – – being comfortable … in our celebration – and seeing the JOY each member of the FAMILY is having – and all the FRIENDS are also enjoying being included in the making of the “Best of Memories” for a LIFE-TIME!
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When we were this age… our parents would come and get us…and take the three different buses – – that were required to arrive at our HOME – for any HOLIDAY…and also… there were a few extra trips to our HOME…that we were able to do – – – since – – there were times …when my FATHER – – would just show up…at the Orphanage …and tell the NUNS to get his children ready – – as he was taking us HOME!
The above photo could be… 1947 or 1948… and I am taking this photo! That is my brother, Tommy on the left – then DADDY – – next is my brother, DENNY – – and then… that is my MOTHER – – and as you can see – – – it must be very COLD – – because…my MOM is freezing …as she is just trying to keep warm.
As I …was… one of those kids …that just knew how to get …by bus…wherever she needed to be… in the last two years of our living in the Orphanage – – my FATHER and MOTHER did not need to come to get us – – as we could take the buses ourselves…HOME! Even before that…there were a couple of times…when someone needed to see the “EYE DOCTOR” in the downtown Saint Louis area – – and I would take that child to the Eye Doctor.
In the last couple of years at the Orphanage – – my MOTHER needed someone to cut the grass at her HOME…and so on Saturday…after having done all my chores…I would receive the buss fare – – and off, I went HOME…to cut the grass and whatever other work…that my MOTHER would need to have done. So…on Sunday evening…I would take the same three buses …back to the Orphanage.
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“Back…in the 1940’s …there was a “SUNDAY LAW” – – Business was closed …so that the Boss and all the Workers…could be at home for that special time… that they needed…to all go to Church and then the whole FAMILY would have DINNER – – celebrating – that with the Almighty’s help all week long – – now they can rest up and start all over…doing all the things that make for a very interesting LIFE…and sharing quality TIME… the whole FAMILY…together!
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