Not quite as old as last week's...my grandmother's baby picture from 1910, this week I am sharing a picture from my grandfather's archives that was taken around 1912. Ol' Hugo is the cute indian on the right. Yes, Hugo was his real name.
He was a real tough bird with his own kids (my dad and his three sisters) but a total softie with his grandkids. One of my favorite memories of him is how he used to sing me a bedtime song when I stayed with them in the summertime...
Oh mister Moon, moon bright and silvery moon
won't you please shine down on me.
Oh mister Moon, moon, bright and silvery moon
come out from behind that tree.
I sing this song to my kids now... but I've changed the next bit 'cuz his version had a guy with a big shotgun in it. Since I am so PC, I needed to get rid of the gun part... replaced it with a party that everyone is coming to ... parties are way more fun than the prospect of getting gunned down ;-)
Are your grandparents still alive?
–sadly, none of my grandparents are still living. Three of them did live into their 80's, though, and I really got to know all 4 of them. I think about how lucky I was in that... my kids will never know their grandpa (my dad) and that makes me super sad sometimes.
What is something fun that you used to do with them?
–other than the sweet song my one grandpa used to sing, my other grandpa would do the funny "thumb-removal" trick. I used get to play dress up in one grandma's old ballgowns (they had been rich at one point) and go to church with my other grandma (I thought church was fun... it was a treat since my mom and I didn't go).