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!

Singing to the Baney Roosters

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Jimmy was such a good little boy.  Never got into any kind of  trouble.  He was a quiet boy and sometimes would just disappear…

The Wrights had ‘baney roosters’ for a time.  And little Jimmy was crazy about  those roosters.

Whenever they couldn’t find him, all they had to do was look outside and there Jimmy would be…

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….singing to the roosters!

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Jimmy wasn’t any bigger than a minute!  Perhaps he related to the roosters because they were “small but mighty” too!

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What is a baney rooster?

Banty is the common name for a Bantam.  Bantams are simply small chickens, but they can be of a number of varieties.  They are bred to be small, whatever the variety.  The Banty roosters can be quite colorful, depending on type, and sometimes very aggressive, as though they are trying to make up in fierceness what they lack in size.  Here are a few examples of Banty roosters:

Want to read about roosters?  Go here:

http://www.mybackyardchickenfarm.com/roosters.html

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…

Little Clynese’s Beautiful Baby Girl

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nadiatwin_pony_tailLook at this sweet baby girl!  (Clynese (Squeeky) and Jon’s daughter)

 

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.

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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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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.


WATCH IT NOW:

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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“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

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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!

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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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Nathan, with granddaughter, Cheryl (June, 1959)

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!

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