This was taken about...1960...five of us were born by then...there would be EIGHT before mom and dad were done.
L - R Lois-the-adorable-baby (who had this picture and gave it to me),
Don First Born Son, long after they'd have given up, I'm sure.
Me-they called me Mary Alice back then, why would they do a thing like that? With all those kids you'd think they'd have used the shortest possible names?
Nila who is fourteen months older than me
Ruth who is 13 months older than Nila
You want to bet Mom had THREE KIDS IN DIAPERS??? How could she not have?
Fortunately she's suffering from hysterical amnesia.
Our ages? 6, 5, 4, 2, 0. Just think about that for a while. My parents were busy, busy people.
Ruth is the oldest though Nila looks taller here, I think Ruth was just slumped over, probably because she'd just heard Mom was expecting another baby.
My brother Don and I are the farthest apart in age of the eight of us.
Two years and five months separate us.
Here's the whole family, in 1968. Parents in the back, second row Ruth 14, Nila 13, Me 12, Don 10, Lois 8, Front Row Jackson 3 1/2, Linda 5, Dwight 6 1/2.
Ruth, Nila and I were known as 'The Big Girls'. I'm not sure the other factions of the family had a name. Maybe 'the boys' but I can't remember.
Still, it stands to reason they'd name chunks of us.
But then, here I am fretting about the time spent saying Mary Alice, when in truth they cut names out altogether and just said, "The Big Girls."