Monday, August 09, 2010

More Time With the Giga Aunts

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 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.
Nobody won any money, but spending time together made us all winners.


Anonymous said...

I thought they said once that Aunt Gladys was named after the British Bride Uncle Albert left behind during the war.

Sister Bonnie

Laurie said...

That sounds familiar. Hmmm...

samchida said...

Hi Ms a long lost friend..How are you ??Good to see you are still blogging..lots have happened since last we exchanged greetings..
Laurie I hope you remembered me..

Lorna said...

Your aunts sound like a carload of fun...just a quick question, why was Ruby named after a prostitute? I get the Delores del rio thing, and the Eunice one, and even (gag) the Gladys one, but was it jjust because it's a pretty name?

Ruby, Laurie's Mom said...

I was born in a very small village in Louisiana Dec. 12, 1935. It was very cold and my Mom had to deliver me with a mid-wife.(strange name "Mid-wife") My Mom and Dad did not have a name for me, so my Dad's cousin LIKED the name of the one prostitute in the village. So I got that name. It is quite funny and I tell people my story.