Trucks of Art:
Remembering my boyhood I did a lot of family visiting in the summer. I would spend weeks with my Sister and Brothers. My sister Kat and SIL Ruth (wife to Odis) were like my mother. Mozelle worked full time in the mill. Kat was a cut up and had married at 15. She had a son (Stoy) by 17 and treated him like her baby doll. Ruth too was a cut-up and had already had Howard so I had playmates.
top Odis and Ruth below the tallest kid is Kat in mama's chicken lot just before she got married
Kat, Jr & Odis were much older than Shirley and I. We were like the second family to our parents. The older ones lived out in the ‘woods’ in houses they had built. Copper was scarce there was no electricity. Therefore there was no power to pump water. They dug one well in the beginning and they all drew water from that well. Kat and Ruth knew how to entertain kids.
I guess the point of this post is with three grown siblings mom and dad had plenty of places to drop me if they had appointments or conventions to attend. (Was there such a thing as baby-sitters in the 1940s?) I had plenty of kin but not many that I stayed with (or that would put up with me). I felt at home with Uncle Irvin and Aunt Bert, that was dad’s side. On mama’s side I was always at home at Uncle Doyle and Aunt Julia’s. Many of the others both parents worked and could not handle another child or didn’t have the room.
Those summers were a treat to me. My nephews (Ted, Howard & Stoy) were just a few years younger than I and many cousins my age.
Point 2: I spent many weeks away from my home growing up. I can’t remember getting homesick until I joined the USMC, I got homesick on Parris Island in 2 days…….. I still wonder why? Hahahahaha The DI said he would be my mama and daddy! Who coulda asked for more? ;-O Right guys?