Talking with Relatives

Man with street organ and monkey on chain.

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One of the most fascinating aspects of looking back in time is talking to my mother and father’s relatives. Memory is an interesting thing. So, apparently were the 1960s. Intuitively I think I knew that things were different for families in the 60s but mom’s cousin Verna told me today that ‘we dealt with the monkey rather than going to the organ grinder.”  There was a hesitancy to most everything back then — whether it was the idea of calling someone long distance or doing things against the grain. I was trying to figure out how, after the accident, I actually got to the hospital. My sister told me that mom called dad and had him drive home from the office to take me. Cousin Verna confirmed this possibility, “If it were me, I would have called [my husband] to come home from work. Remember, we dealt with the monkey so we would have hesitated to call the hospital and there probably wasn’t 911 back then.”

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  1. Hi A., Now that you have children when you hear that your mom waited for your dad how does that make you feel? The first thing I thought of was that she didn’t drive or didn’t have a car. In the early sixties my mom didn’t drive yet and we only had one car anyway but we lived in Chicago. However, even though there wasn’t 911 I thought you could call the fire department direclty. I can’t imagine what your mom and you were going through waiting for your dad. How far was his work from where you lived?

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