"My mother had got one girl out of seven tries at it. I guess I wasn't exactly what she'd had in mind, a dainty daughter to help her bail against the rising tide of the rough-and-tumble boyish energy that always threatened to engulf the house. It hadn't occured to me that she'd been hoping for an ally and then didn't get one" (p. 192).
Reading the book made me more aware of how my mother may have experienced having six brothers, though she did have an older sister and some of the older boys had already left home by the time she was born. Chandler, for instance, had children almost as old as their Aunt Mildred. Not only did Calpurnia Virginia Tate (known to family as Callie Vee) have six brothers like my mother, her birthday was also in October (p. 235). Read more of my thoughts about the book by clicking on the blue link. I rate the book 9 of 10, an excellent book.
Jaxon and Shelby are the great-great-great-grandchildren of Inez and Monroe in that sepia photo at the top. From them to Mildred to Bonnie to David to Kendall to Jaxon and Shelby is six generations of my family.
Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.