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The Daily Dishtowel - 10

Monday, May 04, 2020

It's been a bit of a round-robin: ONEKIDSMOM referred to the dishtowel device, which led a number of people to the first dishtowel blog, which led to discussions about Arline, which led to having my grandmother on my mind. Not that she's ever far from me.

When she was sixteen, she and her best friend wanted to have their photographs taken, but they wanted what I suppose would've been "glamor shots" back in the day. They wanted to be hotsy-totsy flappers, not just farm girls. My great-grandfather would not allow any of his girls to dress in the latest fashions - the very idea, short skirts and silk stockings! They were finally allowed to have their hair bobbed and marcelled, but that was it.

So Arline did what many teenage girls would do: she snuck out and had her picture taken on the QT. Ione - whose parents were apparently not so strict - lent my grandmother some clothes and they hooked school, going off to town.

I don't know when - if - my grandmother ever showed the photo to her folks, or told them about her little escapade. I do know she kept the picture the rest of her life, and she would always laugh, recalling the day. I think it left her with a warm tolerance for the things her children, and later her grandchildren, and eventually her great-grandchildren, got up to. And she always enjoyed adventures, both large and small.

I looked around yesterday for the photo. I have the original here somewhere, but all I could find was a scan I made some years ago, when she still had the picture at her house but let me borrow it for a copy. Still, I think it gives you the idea:

I'll tell you, she didn't look sedate then, and she didn't look the grandmotherly-type at 90, either.

Carpe diem, people! 'ave a good 'un!
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  • PICKIE98
    You come from a wild woman! LOL!
    272 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I hope you are still safe and healthy.
    288 days ago
    I am glad that Onekidsmom introduced me to your Daily Dishtowel blogs. I think the daily dishtowel is a wonderful idea.

    I enjoyed your story about your grandmother. The picture is a treasure. emoticon
    300 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Love the story & love the photo. Genealogy is my passion and imagine my glee when I found photos of my father in his twenties with long hair, a beard and a motorcycle (born 1914) all items he objected to in future generations..
    300 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Ha-ha! Your Great-Grampa would have stroked-out if he ever saw that picture!
    I bet she got an earful when they met in heaven! LOL!
    That had to be such a big thrill! Like us flying across country to go to a strip club or something! haha!

    What a woman!
    300 days ago
    Way to go, Arline!
    Great story...and you’re right...remembering her escapade so fondly allowed her to empathize with the future generation’s young folks!
    And such a beauty she was!
    300 days ago
    Beautiful she was...and with an adventurous spirit. I always enjoyed when my maternal grandmother would share stories or show photos of her younger days. It gave me a different perspective of my "Gram" and her youth.
    300 days ago
    My grandmother and I loved to talk about the past. She told me that she would tell her parents that she was going to a singing social at a friend's house---they would roll up the rug and dance instead--thus that old term of rolling up the rug or cutting the rug. I don't know if her parents ever found out what they were doing either.
    300 days ago
    What a lovely memory! May we all have a Spark of a beloved elder to keep us going!
    300 days ago
    Wow! that is so beautiful. I miss my Grandmothers.
    301 days ago
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