Monday, November 16, 2009


This sweater has a story to tell. No, it’s not about the sweater itself, but it was present at the critical time. In fact it had been purchased that very day.

My nephew Paul had been married to a very sweet and lovely young lady, but for whatever reason, they were divorced. Now Paul is a very friendly and gregarious fellow, and once divorced, he wanted to socialize with people. As the story is told, on his very first outing he met Trish, a very cute and friendly young lady. And apparently they began dating.

One day Amalie and I received a phone call from Paul, who was living in Chicago, saying that he was visiting someone in Southern California, and would love to come north to visit us. Oh, and by the way, he was bringing his new girl friend with him. I don’t recall why we decided to meet in Monterey, but we did. And we took them to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (which is when I bought the sweater). Later we took a drive around the coastal area, and then decided to go to dinner.

By then the day had cooled considerably, and in the restaurant I was feeling chilled. Paul offered to go out to the car and get my new sweater, and that’s it was there when the following took place:

Paul and Trish were sitting on one side of the table, and Am and I on the other. My dear wife, never one to be shy, said, “So when are you two getting married?” Trish lit up like a neon sign, obviously pleased with the idea, but Paul looked as if someone had hit him with a 2 x 4. One year later Am and I flew back to Illinois to attend their wedding. Now they have three adorable daughters, and Paul loves ‘em all.

Clockwise from left:
Bianca (blonde), Trish, Paul, Karina( Brunette), and Delaney (redhead)

Fun -

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday school. "Well, mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then, he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved." "Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?" his mother asked. "Well, no, mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!"


  1. What a beautiful family photo! Congratulations to them all!

  2. LOOK at that gorgeous red hair! I wonder if she's going to be a pistol as she grows up?