Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Fake Friends and Family Day

These handsome young chaps are my great aunts and uncles. I believe this photo was taken shortly after their return home from Africa. The family didn't hear from them for 3 years and thought they were lost on the dark continent forever when they suddenly received a trans-Atlantic phone call announcing their upcoming return home. Uncle Robert, end right in the photo, was never the same . We never were able to find out what had spooked him so badly.

This couple is cousin Jimmy and his wife Leticia. Great uncle Robert was Jimmy's granddaddy. Everyone said they were quite an odd couple. He like to keep an eye on their neighborhood through his telescope and she loved playing canasta with the 12 Ave Ladies Gardening and Social Club. Despite their differences they were devoted to each other even though it was rumored that the police kept a close watch on Uncle Jimmy because he was reported to keep an eye on more than what went on in the street with his beloved telescope...

This cute duo is Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Leticia's daughters, Sue Ann and Eva Louise. Sue Ann told me were on the way to school that morning when Uncle Jimmy had hollered down from his windowsill perch by the telescope for the girls to wait a minute while their mother ran downstairs to take this picture with her new Brownie Instamatic.

These kids were Sue Ann and Eva Louise's neighbors. They practically never went home Eva told me once. The boy's name was Johnny DeBartelaben. He had a huge crush on Sue Ann. That is Johnny's sister in the background. She had to repeat 4th grade 3 times Sue said.

Opps. I don't know how this photo made it into the mix. It's my real family. Me, Rusty and Rebecca back in the days before our hair got gray, our skin began to sag and before Rusty got a better pair of pants.





If you know any of these folks please let them know that I heart their photos. That's why I "borrowed" them off the web.

18 comments:

  1. Family photos are such fun (except when you're in them). 'Missing in Africa' made me think - mobile phones - now that's a great invention!

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  2. An interesting fantacy Steviewren. I enjoyed it! - Dave

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  3. What a wonderful idea - fake friends and families. I must try this.

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  4. Despite being forewarned, you roped me right in with the first pic! Pretty sure I just woke up the neighbor ROTFL! Good job! Thanks!

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  5. Back again... This could work just as well with those old unlabeled family photos most of us have!

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  6. You are such a good story teller. Love those old photos where ever they came from.

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  7. I enjoy looking at old photographs. You told a good story as you showed us the pictures.

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  8. See .. look how creative you get when you are bored? :0

    Love these ... and your clever imagination!

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  9. That picture of y'all is great! Poor Rusty in his...patchy pants! :-) You need to show a comparison of how much Rachel looks like you!

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  10. LOL! I love the stories you can weave from old "borrowed" photos!
    :-)

    I think my husband had a pair of pants like Rusty's when he was young!

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  11. cute stories! LOL and i love the vintage shots - yours too

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  12. Hilarious! We had neighbors exactly like Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Leticia once...they didn't have children though! Hahahaha

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  13. I loved the pics...unusual use of them and well done.

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  14. Ha Ha You totally had me going there until the very end... I've been sick, my brain is still doesn't have it's Mojo back yet. ha ha I like that truck in the background of the biscuits! Sweet!

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  15. What a stitch - even though you said fake family right up front I wanted to believe the stories - especially the Africa one. Love the post!

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  16. Wow, you have such an imagination. You have to write short stories! Or Fridays with Fake Friends and Family.
    denise

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  17. Your Uncle Robert's Story reminds me of my Uncle Gordon.He spent 3 years in a German POW Camp in WW2.Family always said "He was never the same afterwards". But (a) I only knew the "new" Gordon.& had nothing to compare him with.(b)also, he never spoke to anyone about his experiences.
    History deals some secret ,invisible, Blows..........

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  18. Faux friends and family.. too funny. Nicely done. :)

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