It must be admitted, this is not an appealing baby. I keep laughing at how utterly grumpy I was.
Going through old photos, to see if I can add to the Now and Then project. Nothing terribly promising, but I will be working on it.
But I did find this list, in my mother's handwriting. Italics my notations.
Mom - Bath Blanket- bib 2 nightgowns
Evelyn - White sweater Set - (Christening)
Mother's oldest sister, my dear aunt
Peggy - 2 nightgowns 2 receiving blankets.
Could be one of two aunts
Frances- Hat & booties. - white
Grace - 1 dz diapers, White dress (blue buttons.
Mother's second oldest sister
Aunt Belle - $1. 00
A great aunt? vague memories
Mrs. Giblin 2 dresses & 2 slips white.
neighbor, one of my elderly ladies that I visited
Mrs. Oesdean - Blue Sweater set. 2 silver dollars
another elderly lady on my rounds
Thelma - Large Pink blanket.
Neighbor - Yellow pants (plastic)
even my mother apparently had no idea
Mrs. Du Pra - 3 pr pants 3 pr socks nightgown rattle Blue Dress
another Elderly Lady neighbor
Betty - 2 receiving blankets 2 nightgowns.
Father's brother's wife, not a favorite
Priscilla - Yellow bunting Kitten bottle holder
Milton & Alma - Car bed
Dear Aunt Alma, Uncle Milton the most prosperous of father's brothers, and most generous
Art & Mary $10.00
Father's 2nd oldest brother & wife, my godparents
Their daughter, only cousin on paternal side
Helen Silver Dollar.
Mr & Mrs. Salliotte - White receiving blanket.
Evelyn - 1st doll 3 months.
My aunt again, I think I know which doll
Elizabeth - Musical bunny.
First cousin now in Massachusetts, how could I have forgotten a musical bunny? I'm sure I loved it to bits before I could remember having it.
Rene - Chocolate & African Violet wow
Art & Mary - Mums.
Nightgowns/dresses - 10
Blankets - 6 (ok, this was February in Michigan.)
Cash - $19.00, including $3 silver. (About $142.00 today.)
This was 1962, some of these were extraordinarily generous, that so many neighbors gave gifts is touching. But notice, my paternal grandmother is not listed. I was one of only two grandchildren on that side, Carol was a good 20 years older. Not all the aunts are on here. My father's gift to my mother is a bit strange - she was never much for chocolate, nor violets. And why did she even put that on the list, a gift from her husband? My sense today that I was not particularly wanted in the family - at least in some quarters - seems hinted at here. The ones who loved me later are here already. Just something odd and off about it, hard to describe clearly.
Or maybe 50 years ago really is a different country.