I asked Aunt Rae some questions and here are the answers:
A. My favorite story about my mother is:
I had 1 wedding to organize and I was exhausted. I asked my Mother how did
she manage 4 weddings in 9 months - the answer - "One at a time." She said
Morris and Esther were first to get married, then came Sarah and Elliot, then came Terry
and Sidney and last came Jesse and Dotty.
I was pregnant to Elliot when your parents (Morris and Esther) married and I was still
pregnant when Jesse and Dotty were married.
B. My favorite story about my father is:
My father used to shop on the East Side of NY when my mother told him we needed
shoes. He came home with a carton full of girls and boys shoes. We all tried
them on until one would fit. Some got 3 pairs and others none.
C. My favorite story about my brother Oscar is:
Oscar stayed with me for 6 months as a deferment of war, if you work for the
Defense Department. So he stayed with us in Baltimore, MD. He didn't know a
screw driver from a wrench. He finally learned but it was funny when he told the
story of how he would disappear when he didn't know what they wanted.
D. My favorite story about my sister Sarah:
When it rained in the summer, my mother would open the living room sliding
doors and she would take out some games that we would play as a group. Sari didn't want to
play with the young ones. She wanted to play with the dice, so she grabbed the dice
and ran around the room. She had no place to hid the dice, so she put it up her
nose. She couldn't get it out. I called my mother. She said, when we
all say, 1 - 2 - 3, Sari, you blow out. After a few blows out came the dice, then
she spanked her for not playing with her group.
E. A story about my father or mother and their childhood
Janina was a small community in northern Greece. They had a nice size Plaka
- like in Athens. My mother knew my father there but my father came to America with
his married sister, husband and children - at the age of 16 - with $10.00 to his name.
He stayed with some Greek relatives and he sold thread to manufacturing businesses.
My mother came a few years later and met my father here.
G. My favorite adventure as a child was:
Going to the Statue of Liberty. I took all my sisters and brothers there
H. My best memory of childhood was:
Going to the beach and Steeplechase on Saturday in the summertime.