While We Are On The Subject of Macho…

wilson-men-and-pursesDave (at another wedding…) and Larry (1959)

Two photos I merged together, “just for fun!”  Aren’t they cute?

Joe, Dave and the Flowers

It was a special occasion.  Squeeky was getting married!  (Squeeky is “little Clynese’s” nickname and she  is the younger daughter of Dick and Teen, named after her Aunt Clynese.)

Much of the family had gathered together for the happy event and, as with all weddings, everyone was hustling around trying to make everything perfect.  Everything was perfect except for the weather and the flowers.

The weather was horrible, just awful and the wilted flowers looked absolutely pitiful!   They decided that someone needed to make an emergency run to the store for some fresher flowers.  Dave and Sara had come up for the wedding and Joe and Geneva were there as well.   So, Dave and Joe were just standing there!  They could go, someone decided!  So off they went!

But there was one problem.   Dave had forgotten his dress shoes so he had borrowed some of Joe’s “size 12” shoes.  The shoes were “way too big!”   Have you ever tried to walk in shoes that were just too big for your feet?  Not an easy task.  Dave had to sorta “scoot or shuffle along” to keep his feet in the shoes because he had no heel for holding on!” 

Because of the weather and slick floor in the store, Joe was afraid that Dave was going to fall, so he had ahold of his arm.  They located the flowers they needed and worked their way to the counter, with Dave sliding his feet along the floor carefully.

The cashier looked at the two men curiously and sensing what she was thinking, Joe blurted out, “We’re getting married.”   Dave turned to Joe, smiled a gushy smile and grabbed Joe’s hand, to play along with the joke.  He may have even said something like, “…that’s right, Dear or we’re very happy..!”     Who knows!  Something mushy, most likely.  Well…. they thought they were going to have to call the paramedics.  The poor, shocked lady began choking, stammering and sputtering, not knowing what to do or say!

One can only imagine the sight!    Two macho men clinging to each other, talking marriage, clutching a big bouquet of flowers.

joe_dave_train1Joe and Dave

Dick had passed on before Clynese’s wedding, sadly… so Uncle Jimmy proudly stood in for him, to walk Squeeky down the isle.  An honorable man for an honorable privilege.  But that is Jimmy… a constant source of support for everyone.

jimsqk-walking2Jimmy and his neice, Clynese (Squeeky to all that love her…)

Anyway, the wedding went beautifully, and everything was perfect, including the fresh flowers that the “happy, soon-to-be-married, very macho but cute couple”  had brought back from the store!


Classic Video Clip

Casablanca Video Clip
casablanca Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) tries to gain the help and trust of Rick Blaine
Humphrey Bogart) for his work with the Resistance.




Uncle Winnie To the Rescue!

winnie_face_bwUncle Winnie went by Icy’s house one day for something, only to find one of the granddaughters in some major hot water with her grandmother!

Debbie, his little niece, had met her match with Mamaw Icy! They had been equally awarded a good dose of stubbornness. They were butting heads that day and Debbie was in big trouble!  It’s long forgotten what she did wrong…  and doesn’t matter, really.  We all know that Debbie got her share of spankings from Mamaw Icy (…what grandchild didn’t?) and that’s why they loved each other so much!  This was just another one of those spankings.

Uncle Winnie decided he was going to try to distract Icy and save Debbie from the  punishment her grandmother was about to dish out to her.  He asked Icy about whatever it was he had stopped by for.

Icy responded to his matter, but said he would have to wait… she had a spanking to give out.  Now, mind you, Mamaw Icy knew Debbie about as well as her mamma and daddy!  And if she was going to spank her, she probably needed it.

Uncle Winnie didn’t give up… he persisted in asking her more questions, trying his best to turn her attention from the child.  Didn’t work.  Icy had a one-track mind and was determined to whip that child.

Uncle Winnie said, “But I need…..,” and Icy pushed up her sleeves and said, “…ok, but right now I’ve got to give this child a whippin’!

He tried every which way he could to distract Mamaw from spanking Debbie, to no avail.

Icy had set her mind on Debbie!  She just kept chasing her around, pushing up her sleeves and telling him that he had to wait until she spanked that child.

Debbie took her punishment like a true Wright.   But maybe that was because she was used to getting spanked.  She probably got swats more than anybody and that’s most likely why she turned out so good, thanks to Mamaw!

Mamaw Icy spanked them all when they needed it, but Debbie and all the rest of the grandchildren knew that she only did it because she loved them.  Like she would say, “I’m doing this for your own good!”


Photo above:  Front Row: Larry (front-left), Michael (front-right); Second Row:  Debbie (left), Mamaw Icy (left-center, holding baby, Ronny, Cheryl (right-center), Teresa (right);  Back Row:  Lee (left), Sharon (center), Sandra (right).

It appears that Debbie was behaving and Cheryl was the one who needed the spanking in this photo!  (They took turns!)

Mamaw would have walked through fire for any of them and they knew it and ‘love her still’ with a passion!

A Couple of Our Military Men

Sara’s grandson, Richard, (Lee’s son), served a tour in Iraq.  He followed in the footsteps of his father, Hugh, who served in Vietnam.


richard_iraqRichard (left front)

Richard  honorably served with the 204th Military Police, Bladerunners in Baghdad, Iraq for a one year tour as an MP.  Richard was there during the period of time Saddam was captured:  an extremely violent time to be there.  We thank God he is now home safe with us, enjoying his beautiful new baby girl.

richard_armyRichard (right) in Iraq

richard_home-for-ChristmasRichard, finally home for Christmas!

Hugh (Photo Below) was stationed in Phi Bui, Vietnam with the 101st Airborne.  His treacherous job was to patrol the jungles, rivers, and deny the enemy access into Phi Bui.  This duty was a result of the successful capturing of Phi Bui in 1968.  Hugh honorably served his country in Vietnam from January 1971 to December, 1971.

Hugh and Lee (Sara and Dave’s oldest daughter), have a daughter, Chaundra;  a son, Richard (pictured above) and Teresa, their youngest daughter.


Both men saw combat during their time in service.  They served their country well.  We are all incredibly proud of both of them and will forever be grateful to them for their service and great sacrifice.  Words are, as always, so insufficient in expressing gratitude for all that “they and hundreds of thousands of others” have given.


adrian_armyjacketThis is Teresa’s son, Adrian, who is very proud of his grandfather and uncle!

The Facial

beauty-treatmentClynese and Sara decided to settle in for the evening and have some “girl time.”  Clynese had dreamed up this idea of mixing up a concoction for a beauty mask.

You know… a sister thing.  A reason to spend time together.  “It’ll be fun!”

Well, she threw everything in the mix but the kitchen sink.  They smeared it all over their faces.


They were having a ball!

Then, all of a sudden, someone knocks at the door!

Clynese, being the lady she is, was horrified.  She couldn’t be seen like this!  Who could it be?  They weren’t expecting anyone!


“So now what do we do, Sara?  You go to the door!  I can’t go to the door like this, Clynese screeched!”  Sara screeched back, “Well, I’m in the same condition!  I can’t go to the door either!”

Neither could figure out “who in the world” would be knockin at their door.  Several people ran through their minds as they argued about who would be the one to go to the door.man-at-door-with-flowers

         ….could it be a male friend? 

Could it be a delivery man with a package?

man-knocking-at-door Well… it really didn’t matter.  The door had to be opened!

Big sister ranked higher on the ladder so it was Sara who had to open the door.

They may not remember who was on the other side of the door, but they certainly remember the fun they had together that evening.  Two sisters sharing an evening together, being silly and having fun as only sisters can have with each other!

Clynese with baby sister, Sara

Clynese with baby sister, Sara

Geneva Runs Away


When Geneva was a little girl, she told her moma, Icy, that she was going to run away from home! She had “had enough!”

Icy told her to be sure to write her a letter when she got to where she was going!   email_16_animated

She told Geneva she would miss her.

Geneva packed her bag and left.  She walked down the street… and after a bit of time had passed, she began getting cold and hungry!

It wasn’t long before she was sheepishly coming back through the front door, ready to warm up and get fed.

Icy looked up and said, “Oh…. your back!”

That was Icy! She knew just how to handle kids!

Peanut Butter Sandwiches and Paul

A boy by the name of Paul and his mother lived with Nathan and Icy for a time.

Paul loved to fix himself peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


His moma feared that he was using way too much and would say to him, “Paul you’re using all the jelly!”

Paul would answer, “Maw, you mess with me, I’ll heap it up.”

Nathan and the Laugh Box

Remember the “Laugh Box” of the 1960s?

1960s Laugh Bag

1960s Laugh Bag

In the late 1960s or very early 1970s, Sara and Dave drove with their children to spend Christmas in Memphis.  They usually made the yearly trip to Tennessee during the holiday season.


Their youngest daughter, Cheryl had acquired a “Laughing Box.”   (The above Laugh Bag was a very similar novelty. )  It might have been a Christmas present.   It was just a simple square box with a big red button on the top.  When you pushed the button, a man started laughing.  A good belly laughing!  And he laughed, and laughed and laughed.

Laughing, as they say, is contagious.  Every one who heard it was reduced to tears, as they laughed along with the box and everyone else.  It would spark laughter wherever it went.

One person in particular who loved the Laugh Box was Nathan.  The box fascinated him!  It gave him the giggles.  He pushed the button over and over, laughing along with the box each time he played it.  He enjoyed laughing!

His granddaughter couldn’t bear to take it from him when the day came to return home.  She wanted her Papaw to keep the box because he enjoyed it so much and it “made him so happy!”

It’s easy to picture him now… pushing that button and belly laughing with the guy in the box!  And what a great laugh he had!


Nathan, with granddaughter, Cheryl (June, 1959)

The Bloody Goat


On a visit to Sara and Dave’s, Geneva and Joe discovered that Dave had bought a goat.

Dave was tired of trying to keep the grass cut and thought that a goat would be a great solution to this problem.  But, sometimes one problem leads to another, you know.

The goat actually did eat a lot of grass… but it also ate the neighbors’ gardens and even ate parts of their houses!  Not a good thing!  So, as you probably guessed, they decided the goat had to go!

Geneva was in the den and heard a noise on the back porch.  She opened the door and that’s when all  *&#%  broke out!   The usually very calm family dog had become aggravated with the goat and gotten rather aggressive with it.  The goat was bleeding all over the place!  A bloody mess!  And the goat wanted ‘away’ from the dog!

Geneva tried to shut the door but the goat wanted in!   It was coming in whether she wanted it to or not!  She put her hands on the goat’s head and was pushing as hard as she could as she screamed at the top of her lungs, “JOE, JOE, JOE… HELP, help… somebody help me!”

Everyone ran to see what the komotion was! 

billy_goat_buttingIt was the funniest sight to behold!  Geneva pushing on that bloody goat, screaming as she tried to keep it outside and the panicked, bleeding goat pushing back, determined to come in!

Needless to say, the goat ‘had to go!’  And you know… I think he was ready to leave!

A Typical Icy Comeback

icy_smiling Oh, Icy… how we miss you!

Icy was extremely quick witted and her mind was as sharp as a tack to the end.   She was so quick on her feet that she always had a clever comeback to send you reeling!

Icy was getting ‘on up there’ in age.  She went to the doctor and complained that her leg was hurting.  The doctor responded, “Oh Icy, it’s just old age.”

She said, “No it’s not, because the other leg is just as old and it doesn’t hurt! “

Now, who can argue with that?

Lee and Hugh’s Beautiful Family

lee_saraLee is Sara’s oldest daughter.


Lee and Hugh have 3 Beautiful Children

teresa-richard-chaundraLeft to Right:  Teresa, Richard and Chaundra


4 Beautiful Grandchildren Children

(G Grandparents: Dave & Sara;  GG Grandparents: Nathan & Icy)

Ava, Adrian, Mason and Sawyer


ava_mom_dadava_hospitalAva (Daughter of Richard & Lacey) She had a very rough start!

adrian_army-jacket-2Adrian (The son of Teresa)

mason_on-bike_croppedMason (The son of Chaundra and Robert)

Sawyer_RobertSawyer with her dad  (The daughter of Chaundra and Robert) 

Ron and Cindy’s Precious Granddaughter and Family

Ronny (Ron) is Sara and Dave’s middle son.  He is married to his best friend, Cindy and they have two sons, Nick and Wesly (Wes).  Nick is married to Debbie and their beautiful daughter is Callie (pictured below).
Callie, Ronny & Cindy's beautiful granddaughter (Nick & Debbie's little girl)

Callie, Nick & Debbie's little girl; Grandparents: Ron & Cindy; G Grandparents: Dave and Sara; GG Grandparents: Nathan and Icy

wes-schoolWes (Ron and Cindy’s youngest son) attending college and Air Force bound!


HEY RON!  HELP!  I need photos!

Reflection in the Mirror

This photo was taken of Jimmy and Teen, at the fairgrounds, looking into one of those funny mirrors that make you wider, or taller, or shorter, or thinner.  These two have always stuck together like glue!  One always there for the other.

The man who took the picture wanted to enter it in a magazine contest.  He was sure it would win..but moma said no!

The swimsuit that Teen has on was so small it would fit a doll perfectly!  Both were very small at the time.  Compare the size of the feather  that Jimmy is holding in his right hand to the size of their limbs.  They were both “no bigger than a minute.”


Teen (left) and Jimmy (right) laugh at their reflection in a mirror at the Fair!


Jimmy and Teen were both really good kids.  They never got into any sort of trouble, which doesn’t make my job easy, coming up with stories to make this weblog interesting.  If you have any dirt on them, please let me know!  Ha!
Oh, and by the way, Teen’s nickname was  ‘Whistle Britches!’  How she acquired it, I do not know (yet).  If I find out, I’ll let you know!

Nathan Becomes a Barber

barber-poleAfter he retired, Nathan had Sara’s husband, Dave, take him to Nashville to take a test for obtaining a license to cut hair.  After working for the Southern Railroad for over 30 years as a Watchman, he was ready for a change.  And there was nobody else he wanted to take him other than Dave.  He liked the man his daughter had chosen, enjoyed his company and it was Dave he chose to share this particular experience with.

nathan_barber-shirtNathan had cutbarber hair for people in the neighborhood for years for .25 cents per cut (…wouldn’t you like to get that deal today?)  He wanted to work in a barber shop though, and needed a license to do that.

They drove to Nashville.  Nathan was so nervous that he had to steady his scissors against his comb to keep his hands from shaking so much, even though he had cut hair most all his life. He could cut hair blind-folded!

Nathan was an extremely smart man but it had been a while since he had taken any kind of a test.  He was only able to go to school through the 8th or 9th grade because he was needed on the farm.  But, not to worry!  He passed the test with flying colors and was awarded his license that day.

Dave said he was as excited as a little kid… all the way home!

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