Icy and Nathan’s ‘Half-a-Dozen’ Kids

Nathan and Icy had ‘half-a-dozen kids and loved every one of them.

wright-bunchLeft to Right:  Debbie (child), Clynese, Johnny, Sara, Icy, Geneva, Jimmy and Teen

The oldest was a beautiful red head, who caused guys to drive up on a sidewalk looking at her (still has it, too!).  Her name is Clynese. The next was Johnny.   He was like their daddy and could do ‘anything.’  (Still can!)  He and the next-in-line daughter, Sara, went to a lot of movies together.  Johnny always had Sara pedal the bike!   He could get her to do anything.  (Still can!)  Sara is equally as talented.

The next was a daughter who was ‘the life of the party’ wherever she went.  Nothing has changed.  And actually, ‘she IS’ the party!  Everyone loves to be around Geneva.  Sara and Geneva worked together at a store called Robinson’s in downtown Memphis.

And then there were the youngest two.   They must have watched the older ones and learned how to avoid trouble;  because both were very good kids.   They were always together (and still are).  Teen (the baby), having lost her wonderful husband, Dick, of 35 years, lives with Jimmy, who never married.  And big brother Jimmy takes care of  his baby sister ‘as he always has.’ 

What a family.   There was never sibling rivalry which is the result of having great parents and letting love ‘rule.’   Everyone should be ‘so blessed.’

Nathan… How much do you know about him?

nathan_studioNathan was born in Woodville, Alabama.  His mother was about 23 years old when she had him.  He looked like his father.

He recalled that his best birthday was when he was 23, just after getting married.

He said the tooth fairy never visited him when he was a kid.  Nor did he ever get an allowance.

It was his father who did the spanking when he needed it.  He said the naughtiest he ever was, was when he put his dirty feet on the churn to keep the lid down.  And yes, he got a spanking.

A man by the name of Mr. Thomas was very influential in his life, giving him a lot of advise.  And his advise to others was to always be honest and work hard.

He never had to go to the hospital for broken bones or stitches.  And he was never afraid of doctors.

He got around mostly traveling by horse, wagon and finally a car (right before he got married).  He never ran away from home but when he got frustrated at home, he would go visit his married sisters.

His favorite color was ‘blue.’  His favorite book was the ‘Holy Bible and mysteries.’  His favorite move was ‘Gone With the Wind’ and his favorite song was ‘John Henry.’   His favorite sport was ‘wrestling.’  His favorite hobby (…more of a passion, I would say) was ‘fishing.’   His favorite season was ‘spring.’  His favorite holiday was ‘Christmas.’  His pie of choice was ‘chocolate’ (must run in the family…)  His favorite candy was ‘peppermint’ and his favorite cookie was ‘sugar cookies.’  His favorite ice cream was ‘vanilla.’

His father had a bad temper and threw his plow in the river one day.

He rubbed a bee hive once with his brothers.  Notice he said it was only once….

He remembered that his dad got on to his brother one tiime for knocking his plate into the floor and his little brother looked up to his dad and asked him who was going to switch him!

Nathan said all the Wrights were happy, friendly people.

When he was growing up, they lived in a plain country house that had ‘no paint!’  They had a small yard.  The light in the house was oil lamps and they heated it with a wood stove.  They washed their clothese in a kettle over the fire.  It had 4 large rooms.

He said his mother and sister made one Christmas extra-special!  They bought him a lot of fishing equipment.

Nathan said the main thing he remembered about his mother was that she was always a thoughtful person.

Her cooking?  He fondly remembered her mixed vegetables.  He said she was a good cook.

When it snowed, they would make a snowman and of course, he had the duty of chopping wood.

He said the worst job he ever had was laying down railroad ties.  At one time, he also worked as a cook and had to mop floors for a living.

A funny story he recalled from the first year he was married was when he was going real fast in the car and ran off the road.  Icy said, “I guess you will stop NOW!”

They lived and had children in Burnsville, MS,  Corinth, MS,  Glenn, MS,  Winnasoga, MS,  and Memphis, TN.

He never made or handed out Valentines Day cards but said he did give candy and flowers to a girl.  (He didn’t name the girl!)

The Easter Bunny never came to see him but they would have a picnic on July 4th.  No firecrackers, though.

Nathan went to grade school at Mt. Olive, Alabama and went to high school in Glenn, MS.  He made good grades and his favorite subjects were History, Geography and Math.  He walked to school and he said the thing he thought about most was girls!

His family never went on vacations, so he didn’t travel when he was young.  When he was grown, he went to Washington State with his daughter, Teen and her husband, Dick.  They also traveled to Cleveland and Canada.  Nathan would go to the State Fair too.

When he started dating Icy, Nathan said his parents liked her right way!

Oh, one more thing.  They called him Nate sometimes… and sometimes they called him ‘Jelly Roll.’

Geneva and Joe Get Lost

Geneva and Joe decided to visit her sister, Sara.  Sara and Dave had just built a new home and at the time, “It was literally in the sticks!”   The area is now very populated.  But at that time, it wasn’t just out in the country; was “way, way, way out in the country!”  And directions were rather tricky because these were country roads, not always properly marked.  There was no expressway at the time either.

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They arrived very late at night after driving 8 hours to get there.  Joe called it a “pilgrimage.”  They were very tired and could not find the house.  They were driving in circles, it seemed.   Frustrated, they went back to the small town nearby.  They called Sara to say they were going to try one more time before they just gave up and found a motel (…there were NO hotels within a reasonable distance).

Sara questioned them, finding out they were within just a couple of miles of finding her.  They had turned south rather than north at one point.  She told them to go back to that point, turn north and then look straight ahead for flashing lights.  Sara then had all her children go to different rooms and turn the light switches on and off.

house-viewA bird’s-eye view of Sara and Dave’s driveway.

Sara and Dave lived on a very tall hill, which worked to their advantage!   They all began to flick the lights, and continued until their hands began to ache.  Joe spotted the flashing lights and they were able to find their way to the house.

Only Sara could come up with a solution like that!  She’s brilliant!

Daddy’s Red Wheels

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Sara remembers:  “When I was in about the 10th grade, daddy bought a nice car, it was bigger than any car we ever had before.  It was a Buick, I think.  It was black and looked nice, so I thought “now we finally have a ride to school.”  After all, we had to walk about 2 miles to Messick.

BUT ..low and behold, he painted the wheel spokes RED.  I was so upset that I told daddy I could not ride in that car because all my friends would laugh.  All the rest of the kids seemed OK with it.  But not me!  I took off walking, and as daddy passed me he would smile, honk and wave. That was daddy!  He just enjoyed his car… and I walked!

Another thing happened with the car and daddy: Geneva had been riding with daddy and noticed a run in her hose,not panty hose, the old hose. (What’s up with nylons and Geneva?  Ha!  See previous post:  The Wedding Nylons)  So she pulled them down and threw them out the window.  Dad looked out and saw one was wrapped around the wheel, and they laughed all the way home. I would have been absolutely devastated, totally embarraced and definately NOT laughing!”

Old Skool Roadster Guess Nathan wasn’t the only person that liked red wheels…

Icy: How much do you know about her?

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hall-bunchIcy’s family

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Icy was born on a Sunday in Ittawamba, MS.  She weighed about 5 lbs., had blue eyes, golden blond hair and a ‘hot’ temperament.

She had 7 brothers and 3 sisters.  She said Harve was the nicest of the  brothers.  Doc was the youngest and was a bit spoiled.  They had to share everything.

hall-reunion-icyLeft to Right:  Doc, Sara, ___?, Icy, Cheryl (back), ___?  (Email me please on this!)

One of the fads she remembers from growing up was that they would look in the water on the first day of May to see who we were going to marry.  They told fortunes with a key in the Bible.  The key was supposed to turn to give them their answers.

She wanted to be a school teacher when she grew up.  They had an organ, and she said she always wanted to play it but never learned how.

Her favorite games were hide and seek and ball.  Her favorite toy was a china doll.  She didn’t like sports much, so she never sledded, went skiing or skating.

Her parents didn’t play with them much.  Her father died when she was 6 and her mother had no time to spare, due to taking care of the children and all.  She did teach Icy to cook though, when she was very young.  She learned first to cook corn bread and sugar cookies.  And she said she never had a cooking disaster!  Her favorite food was her grandma’s chocolate pies and also fried fish.

Her chores were pickin’ cotton, hoeing, drying apples and fruit, weaving cloth, and making homemade soap.

Candy was a penny a piece, so you could get 25 for a quarter.  When she earned a little money, she remembers buying a kelly green sweater, but it was hard to get ahold of any money in those days.

She had a pet sheep named Lee.  It was special to her because it minded her so well.

Her best friend was Earle Allred.  They always played well together.  The big bully was Stuart Benick.  He was mean to her.

She never had a room to herself growing up.  There were 13 people in their house.  They warmed the house with a fireplace in the Winter and they air conditioned the house by opening a window!

Santa would come to visit at Christmas and leave candy and fruit in their stockings.

Icy was 19 years old when she learned to drive.  Nathan taught her.  She never had her own car.

On weekends, her and her friend would go to ice cream suppers, candy breakings and singings.  She never had a pajama party!  She never teased her teachers or played jokes on them.  And she never played hooky!

She was on the school ball team.  Baseball.  She said they called it country and town.  In town when you batted and country when you were out in the field.

She said they had lots of homework.  She went to school from 8 to 4.

She said her wedding day was horrible!  They got their license at the wrong place.  They were married on the railroad tracks and she remembers they got stuck in the mud!  Her mother didn’t even get to see them because they had a lot of people waiting to see them.

For their honeymoon, they went to an Aunt’s house.  An Aunt she had never met!  And her Aunt had a lot of children.

Later, when Icy had her own kids:

She said Sara was a cute baby, but very stubborn (imagine that…)!  She said one time she took her shoes off and wouldn’t pick them up, so Icy had to take her hands and make her pick them up!

Geneva Books Two Dates

joeGeneva accidentally booked two dates one night.  She scheduled a date with Joe (the guy she eventually married) and another guy.  Oh boy.  Hardly a bad problem to have several men to chose from… but two dates scheduled at one time!   She was in a panic!

The first guy arrives to pick up Geneva.  And, then here comes Joe, into the house.  She had scheduled them at exactly the same time!  Not a good situation!

Sister Sara was quickly “to the rescue!”  Sara said to Joe, “Come on!  You and I are going to the movies.”

Joe, being a gentleman and not wanting to make matters worse for Geneva, shook hands with the other guy and took on the role of “cousin.”

Geneva headed off with her date as Joe and Sara headed off to the movies.  Well, that was easy!

It seemed that it was all going to work out… at least until Sara and Joe bumped into Kermit… a high school boy Sara had been dating.  More quick thinking was necessary!

She calmly turned to Kermit, introduced her “cousin Joe” and all was fine once again!

That Joe…. what a guy!  What a sport!

And I imagine… shortly after that night, Geneva rushed out to buy a date book!

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Sara’s Sister’s “Stretched Out Elastic” Episode

jimmy_headache_croppedOh dear… how do I tell this story…

How bad am I going to get in trouble for telling this story?

Maybe if I don’t name the sister that it happened to, I will be ok!  So… sorry!  You will have to guess which of Sara’s sisters it was!  Don’t ask them which one is was either… they will cover for each other!

It’s a short story, but a funny one.

Sara and ‘her sister’ went shopping.  They were just walking along and… all of a sudden,

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Sara’s sister’s panties fell down!  Way down!  They fell down all the way to her ankles!  Now, mind you… she is walking as this happened!   Yes, the elastic was very stretched out… it had seen better days.  Times were hard, you know.  People worked hard for their money and made things last.  Sometimes that included underwear, I assume!   Unfortunately, these days, everything is so “disposable!”

You are wondering what happened next, aren’t you? 

Well, Sara’s sister never ‘skipped a beat.’   She quickly kicked the panties up into her hand, slipped them discretely in her handbag and kept on walking.  Now that is ‘amazing!’  I imagine there was a little bit of giggling going on between the two sisters… and one of them had a breezy walk home!   And I would also wager that some new panties were purchased!

In planning this post, I decided to search for a ‘visual’ to go with it.  Considering the subject matter… I had to be very careful, as you can imagine, in finding the right one.   I found a great one.  I don’t know the history behind the painting, but it fit the purpose well.   And here it is:

panties-fell-down_smI thought it was 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.

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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!

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Geneva Runs Away

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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!

The Bloody Goat

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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?

The Little Old Lady with Cold Feet

She saw this very  fragile elderly lady sitting in the hall crying on a visit to a nursing home (or old folk’s home, as they used to call them) one day…

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Geneva, naturally drawn to the lady, asked her why she was crying and the lady told her that her feet were always so cold that they ached.

Geneva, without hesitating, sat down in the hall and took off her warm socks.  She then pulled the lady’s shoes off and put the socks on her cold feet.

Warms the heart, doesn’t it?

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Geneva literally gave someone “the socks off her feet, because she needed them.” And she is always ready with a smile, to offer a kind word of encouragement to make one’s day go better!

Bless you, Geneva!

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The Wedding Nyons

It was a special occasion.   Family and friends had gathered for Sara’s oldest daughter’s wedding.  Geneva and Joe had traveled from out-of-state to attend her niece’s special event.

The bride was wearing a simple but beautiful short white wedding dress (the popular style of the day).

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Being the dutiful aunt, Geneva was busily checking over the bride and noticed that she had a run in her hose.

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Geneva wasn’t going to have it!   She wanted the bride perfect.  So without hesitating, she pulled off her new “just put on” hose.  She gave them to the nervous bride and took the hose with the runner for herself. They weren’t so bad! The run was in the back so who would notice them on her?  Everyone would be looking at the bride!

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Then suddenly, she noticed that the maid of honor had an “even worse runner” in her hose!  No problem! Once again she slipped off the hose she had just received from the bride and gave them to the maid of honor.

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This is Geneva in a nutshell.

Geneva and the Cow Birth

On a trip to see Sara and Dave, Sara’s sister Geneva heard that one of her cows was “fixin to (as they say in the south) have a baby calf.” She said, “I want to see it!  I’ve never seen a cow give birth.” So they all loaded up and went to the pasture.  They hid in the bushes… and they waited.  Well, the poor cow was in a great deal of pain and she walked and she whined and she tried for what seemed like forever to have the calf.

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Finally, Geneva had taken all she could take.  She was tortured, seeing this poor cow in agony and just couldn’t help suddenly crying out loud to the cow, “I wish I could help you..press harder.”

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