Aunt Hazel, Aunt Gladys, Aunt Delores, my mom Ruby
About ten years ago my two sisters, sister-in-law and I took my mom and three of her sisters to New Orleans. My brother said, "You each have one to look out for...like Giga Pets." Since then, we still refer to them as Giga Aunts when four or more of them (there are five sisters) are together.
Saturday, I went with mom and three of her Giga Sisters to Delta Downs casino. As usual, it was an educational experience.
*** Aunt Gladys told us about being pulled over by a highway patrolman who walked up to her car and when he came to her window, he looked at her and smiled. She asked why he was smiling and he said, "You're wearing the same perfume my grandmother used to wear." He let her go with a warning.
*** She also told us that her grandson's first day of work "will be yesterday." Interesting time concept there.
*** It's always fun when the oldest sister is around, because the other sisters still find out things they didn't know about their childhoods. One topic of conversation was the origin of their names:
- My mom Ruby was named after the town prostitute.
- Aunt Delores was named after Delores Del Rio, because when their mom was in labor the men were sent to the movies and when their dad got back from the movies he informed everyone that the new baby girl's name was going to be Delores. Period. No discussion.
- Aunt Hazel was named after a boat grandpa saw one time.
- Aunt Bernice was named Bernice because the mid-wife didn't know how to spell Eunice.
- Everyone thought long and hard, but nobody knows where Aunt Gladys got her name. Aunt Gladys is the youngest. Maybe grandpa and grandma said, "I'm glad this is the last one." Glad this. Gladys. Get it? Never mind.