Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wistful Wednesday: “The Kiss”

I have a few things to say today about my Father In Law, Marvin..Far Guys Dad.  He was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor, I learned many things from him over the years.  He died in 1994 at the age of 80.

It is hard to think of him as a young man..but we have the photos to prove it.

Marvin Photomat photo

This is one of those old photomat photos..he was quite dashing with the collar on his jacket all turned up…and he had hair!

He first met Far Guys Mom on the high school bus.  ( He would marry her when he was 26 years old)  However he did have other girlfriends. There was this photo that Marvin’s Mother included in his photo album, she must have saved a few things from his high school days..

Margaret Lemon Marvins Girlfriend Evelyns cousin

This was one of them..Margaret a cousin of Far Guys Mom’s..he had another girlfriend named Jessie..Far Guys Mom used to tease him about her…invariably the story of “the Kiss” would come up sometime during the conversation about his old girlfriends.

Marvin went to High School with a young lady by the name of Jeanette B.  She would go on to become a Social Studies teacher and teach many children in Junior High including Far Guy and I.  She was a spinster, she never married.  She must have grayed early in life, her gray hair was always curled “just so” in tiny individual ringlets pulled away from her face..she was always dressed perfectly..I remember her in wool suits with a skirt that was properly cut to mid calf, with a ruffled long sleeved blouse that matched..with a brooch at the neck. Her hands and face were uncovered, and a small section of her lower leg..before they disappeared into proper black old lady shoes.

Back to the early 1930’s..teenage boys will be boys..when an entire class is involved in practicing for a class play and the lights just “happen” to go out plunging the whole stage area in darkness and someone just “happens” to kiss Jeanette whilst the lights are out and she faints..now that is a story that shouldn’t be lost.  I never found out who did the dreadful kissing in the dark..but I have a really good idea.

If I have told this story before I apologize..my daughter Jennifer will tell me..she remembers everything.  I guess I should work on a Wistful Wednesday Table of Contents or something:)

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16 comments:

  1. Is it because I am observant or evil? :(

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  2. "The Kiss" what a great story. If you've told it before, I don't remember. Adore those old pictures!

    God bless ya and have an amazin' day!!! :o)

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  3. It bears repeating if you did tell it before. First time for me. That was definitely something not to be lost in the mists of time, Connie! :-)

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  4. I, too, love the old pictures and the stories that go with them. Every one of them is precious and we don't want the stories to get lost.

    The FIL was a very dashing guy. My father still wears his jackets (at 84) with the collars turned up. I know I never experienced a kiss that made me faint. Darn!

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  5. He was handsome. Lovely story!

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  6. What a lovely story whether it was the first time around or not.It is so nice to rememnber those that are gone... Thanks for sharing. Debb

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  7. He looks like a fun guy, that Marvin, so yeah, he had to be the kisser:)

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  8. Marvin sounds like he was quite a guy and now we know who is responsible for giving Far Guy his humor and good looks.

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  9. A wonderful story. Like father like son , the apple doesnt fall far from the tree . Handsome looking fellow, lovely looking lady love the old photos! Have a good day !

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  10. Thanks Connie fror a wonderful story. It brightened up a rainy evening with thunderstorms here...sorry about your snowfall.

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  11. This is a great story and wow, what a handsome photo.

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  12. What a great story! She fainted from a kiss?

    And Marvin really was a very handsome fellow!

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  13. Good story...good pictures...fun stuff...Thanks

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  14. What because we never read a book twice? My dad was an ace story teller. Everyone loved listening to his stories, young, old, his own family, friends and near strangers, a great many tellings were repeats. So you can repeat away with me, I was raised on it and think it is completely normal.

    This photo of Far Guy's dad makes him look like he is up to something.

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  15. What a wonderful story...if I have heard it before, I don't remember so we are good, plus a story like this deserves to be told again and again.

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  16. I hadn't heard it. It's a great story.
    I'm starting to worry that I've written stuff before, too.

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