My mom sent me some pictures she snapped of my grandmother and three of her siblings this weekend.
I brightened this one up, used an effect in picnik.com called “1960’s”, and added the McCalip name and the year. I love it:
From left to right:
Aunt Lorene – The eldest of the siblings. She graciously sewed all my costumes when I was little, for school plays, Halloween, etc. (Among my favorites was in around 6th grade when I wanted to be Smurfette, and she figured out how to fashion the white hat to stand up and curl over perfectly.)
Aunt Rita – Aunt Rita and her late husband Jim were among my biggest fans when I was growing up. They never missed a pageant or talent show or play, driving to other towns if needed. (And even if I didn’t win the contest, I sometimes got a consolation cash prize from Uncle Jim.) Aunt Rita just made a trip to Lubbock and helped my mom watch the kids a few days while Jonathan and I were out of town. She’s a trooper. (I won’t tell you her age….but I’ll tell you she doesn’t look it!)
Grandma Earlene – That’s my grandma! I’ve written about my grandparents here. She’s the second youngest of the 7 of the McCalip siblings.
Uncle Albert – He’s the youngest of the 7 McCalip siblings. Growing up, I learned there was a good chance Uncle Albert could be found eating breakfast at Hardee’s with a group of his friends. I saw him there one mid-morning in high school, when my friend Amy and I were skipping school to procure concert tickets. If he wondered why we were there on a school day he didn’t say anything. I don’t think he would have ratted me out anyway, even if he was suspicious.