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Family Stuff: 10 (or more) Weird, Different or Otherwise Interesting Things To Know

One of my favorite blogs is Tonya‘s brilliant adventure journalist: the notebook. Seemingly without much effort, she weaves colour, shape, love, intensity, creativity and passion into her writing. In her latest entry, she writes of “10 weird, fun, interesting and/or disturbing things about my family“. What I wrote on her site is below, with a few minor editorial changes. Do you have anything interesting to share about your family? If so, let both of us know! 🙂

    1) My maternal grandmother, Marie-Ange, known as Mary, and her sister, Yvonne, married the Carriere brothers, Jean-Charles (known as Charlie) and Armand, and lived in Winnipeg. Two of her other sisters, Florence and Blanche, married the Chale brothers (George and Red), and moved to North Dakota. My grandma and grandpa, Mary and Charlie.

    2) My mother’s birthday is New Years Eve. Her first ever birthday party was when she turned 51.

    3) My dad’s birthday is Sept 12, as is one of my best friends, Lea. On Sept 12, 1983, I was phoned and offered the job I have to this day, working as an academic librarian at the U of Alberta. When I was working at my first job in the early 1980s, a woman with whom I worked, who had been trying to conceive with her husband for years, but was told by her doctors that it wasn’t possible, learned on Sept 12 of that year that she was pregnant. Something else happened on Sept 12 of significance to me, but I’m blanking at the moment.

    4) My niece’s birthday is May 29, 1992, which, depending upon how you write it numerically, could be a palindrome: 29/5/92.

    5) My paternal grandmother used to bake “money buns”. She’d bake buns for the grandchildren, and put coins in each one. Each of us hoped we’d get the one with the 25c piece in it when we got to eat the buns. Then she’d make us tea, which we loved to drink with cream and sugar.

    5) My maternal grandfather got me hooked on eating white bread, milk and brown sugar. I’d dip the bread in the milk, put brown sugar on it, and eat it. I don’t eat bread, milk and brown sugar together any more.

    6) Neither of my parents finished high school, but between my two brothers and I, we have five university degrees. My parentsare nonetheless smart, articulate and talented.

    7) My father is an artist, but didn’t have his first art show until he was 67. He worked full time for 31 years, and never had the time to organize an art show of his own works until he was retired.

    8) When I was small, I tried to break a hard plastic cup by smashing it on the sidewalk. A piece flew up into one of my eyes, and I had to wear an eyepatch for a time while my eye healed.

    9) In junior high school, I slipped on ice and the top of my head hit an edge of the outside school wall. I felt no pain, but a moment later, blood began gushing out of the crack in my skull. I lived.

    10)I had pneumonia when I was 5 years old, one of at least four times I had it. At the time, my body temperature rose to 105.5F, and my parents were told that if it hit 106F, I wouldn’t survive. I lived.

One Response to “Family Stuff: 10 (or more) Weird, Different or Otherwise Interesting Things To Know”

  1. Tonya Says:

    I’ve just been through your Dad’s gallery – and came away very sad that his circumstances (time, commitments and so forth) never allowed him to share that talent with the rest of the world until so late in life.

    Beautiful work.

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