Saturday, February 23, 2013


"Knock it off you two!"

A lady was telling me how she, the oldest of the daughters in a family of eight siblings, was always sent by the mother to run to the store at a moment's notice when they suddenly needed something for the kitchen.

But never alone.

One of the brothers had to go with her whenever she left the house.  But a brother wasn't always available.  And whatever they were out of in the kitchen didn't get bought.

So, in her words, "Yanggen tåya' asukat, tododos mangigimen kafe sin asukat!"

"If we had no sugar, everybody drank coffee without sugar."

That's how our grandparents grew up.  Single women never left the house unaccompanied.


  1. I think we would be better off if we still protected our young women instead of throwing them to the wolves as we do these days.

  2. I heard and still hear stories of the same from my parents, particularly my mother and any of my aunts. I love the stories of how the youngest, yet most HONEST of siblings were sent to chaperone because the entire story was written out without a pen lol