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  •  No word yet? (16+ / 0-)

    I used to think interviewers had become less considerate.  Then I realized the people interviewing me were actually younger than me.  Guess the old guard's retired and been replaced by thoughtless punks whose parents never made them do so much as call Grandma to thank her for their birthday presents.

    Now if you'll excuse me, there are some kids on my lawn I must yell at.

    Hope you hear soon!

    "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    by JBL55 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:54:36 AM PST

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    •  When I had the interview on the 1st, she said that (12+ / 0-)

      they had 4-5 more to interview and thought it'd probably take a couple of weeks.  One full week has gone by now.  Hopefully, I'll get good news by the end of the week.

    •  God, I miss that dollar bill in a card every year. (8+ / 0-)

      And the box of 8 stale Campfire marshmallows at Xmas...

      •  My father's mother was (11+ / 0-)

        a ball-buster, a tough old broad who could not be shocked and could dish it out when called for.
        My mother's mom was prim, proper, quiet, devout... and a sender of the hokiest birthday cards ever. In 1969, for my 13th birthday, my card had boys in letter sweaters and girls in poodle skirts dancing to 45s on a little box record player wishing me a "snazzy birthday". God, how I loved that about her. What a wonderful, gentle soul she was.

        And the two of them were best friends. In fact, my father's mother once kicked the shit out of my mother's father for abusing his wife. Bounced him off a brick wall and wailed on him.

        She was a force to be reckoned with. And my mom's mom was a steady light of love and goodness in what was often a mean existence.

        Thank you, JBL55 for spurring her memory to the fore.

        I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

        by Gentle Giant on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 07:31:17 AM PST

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        •  How lovely. :-) (6+ / 0-)
          the two of them were best friends
          While my mother and mother-in-law never became best friends, they got on well and genuinely liked each other.

          That's something one cannot predict when yoking families together -- so nice when it works out.

          "The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another." ~ George Bancroft (1800-1891)

          by JBL55 on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 09:07:46 AM PST

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          •  Well, my dad is the oldest of 5 children, (3+ / 0-)
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            all boys. And my mom was the youngest of 3 with one brother as the middle child. They met in Sunday School when Dad was 5 and Mom was 3.

            In their teens, Dad was the only boy Mom could get into a car with. Once he was in his midteens, my mother's father feared him. Dad was a known brawler and an athlete. My maternal grandfather was a known asshole. During wartime rationing, he kept the dairy products and meat in his trunk in the winter and would have my grandmother serve it up after the kids were in bed. All for him.

            He went back to the Netherlands when I was an infant and died there. My mom said she felt guilty for a few years because, when they got the news of his passing, she felt nothing. I have no recollection of him or of his passing. I don't know the year so I don't know how old I was. I knew my paternal grandfather who passed when I was 19.

            Both my grandfathers were members of the so-called "Greatest Generation" and were glorious exceptions to the rules of Brokaw's depiction. I can tell myself that it was a different world pre-Women's Lib, but they were just lousy husbands and fairly neglectful fathers. My paternal grandfather had left my grandmother for a much younger woman, close to my Dad's age. I was about 19 when I worked in a grocery store and one of the elder ladies there told me she worked with my grandfather years before. When I told my paternal grandmother about it, she said, "Oh, she's probably just one of his old whores."
            Yikes.
            I did love my grandfather- the one I knew. I never missed the one I didn't know.
            With the renewed interest my family has in our geneology, I would like to explore Grampa Daansen's branch in my family tree. What little I have been told of him is entirely horrible. All those who knew him have nothing positive to say for him.
            I consider it a challenge to find any redemption that may lie in that quarter of my heritage.

            I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

            by Gentle Giant on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 12:18:34 PM PST

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