June 12, 2011

Sharing Memories (Week 24 of 52): Visiting Relatives

It's Week 24 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Please join us each Sunday as we write and share our memories of childhood. Your descendants will be thankful that you did! Write here as a comment, or on your own blog, or in a private journal, but please write!

One of the things I loved most about childhood was when relatives came to visit. My aunt Lily (my mom's sister) came frequently or we went to visit her. She was so sweet and kind and being around her was a joy. Lily had strong ties to our family as she and my mom lived together during WW2 when both their husbands were overseas. Lily had one son born 10 days before my oldest brother, and my mom had 3 young children (my two brothers and sister). Mom worked at the Munitions Factory and Lily stayed home to raise the 4 youngsters. Sadly Lily's 27 year old husband was killed during the War and when my dad returned home, she left with her son to raise him as a single mom.

I also enjoyed my Grandma McGinnis' visits. Grandma didn't talk much to me but she was always happy and smiling. She loved to play cards, so she, my dad and I would sit and play gin rummy. She'd play her hands silently and then suddenly cry out "GIN!" and slap all the cards down on the table with a little chuckle.

My other Grandmother's brothers used to come and see us a lot too - Uncle Syd and Aunt Nell, and Uncle Ern and his wife Auntie Cordie. Auntie Cordie was the gentlest sweetest woman you'd ever meet. Uncle Ern was happy-go-lucky and fun to be around. I don't remember too much about Uncle Syd and Aunt Nell; I just loved having family around! For some reason I don't remember Grandma coming to visit but I think she lived in the same town as us for awhile when I was young. She worked in the Cafeteria of the Munitions Factory during WW2 and I know she met her second husband there. He was a guard at the Munitions Factory.

I wasn't born at that time although I do have a memory of visiting Grandma and Daddy Sam (her second husband) at their house in Ajax - and being teased so much by Daddy Sam that I cried. My sister adored him but he frightened me. I was only 3 or 4 at the time but I remember it vividly. Every time I tried to go from the front door to the kitchen where my mom, aunt and Grandma were, he grabbed me and tickled me. It wass very scary for me.

Usually we did the visiting so it was kind of nice to have family come to our house for a change.

Who do you remember the most? What was fun about their visits? Did you see them often? Did they visit you or did you visit them?

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