Thursday, November 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Notebooks

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To clear up some confusion, the Notebook passages posted on Throwback Thursday were written by my father and found by me after he passsed away. They were his attempt to tell the family history. He was in his late 80s or early 90s when he wrote them. Today's chapter:

Uncle Louie moved to New Jersey and opened a barber shop in a small town and we lost his company. The holidays began to change there wasn't that party and fun. It cost money to invite relations and friends. It was general throughout the area. The city [ed: Boston] managed to give out gift packages in certain areas like ours [ed: East Boston] So we had a little Christmas.

It would be sometime before Uncle Louie would move back. Uncle Vincent got him to come back close to retirement that he would be close to his family. But his family had grown up and had other things to do. So the visits to him were not like he expected.

In New Jersey, he had set down roots. He was liked. Saturday was a big day in his town. The outskirts was farming area and the farmers would come to town to get their supplies.

Uncle Louie started something wonderful. Every Saturday night he would invite the last customer and his family to his house for dinner.

He sent his son, Louie, to Boston College and every week he would send his son $50 as long as he attended college for 4 years. He was a wonderful uncle. My cousin told me how his father held a big event for his friends on the eve of the Fourth of July. It was quite a barbecue.

It broke up a little after midnight or before and the Uncle being tired sat down to relax. He forgot that the amplifier was on and began to sing Italian arias. He was also feeling good with the wine. He stopped singing after 3 in the morning. No one sent the police. No one called telling him to shut up. The next morning most of the town visited the barber shop and thanked him for the wonderful concert. It must have been quite a voice.


  1. This was the best Notebook Posting yet. Loved it!

  2. ink.....yur grate uncle soundz like one total lee awesum dood !!! we can tell him waz veree well liked ; N how kewl is that !! ♥♥♥

    we bee out til munday ~~~ heerz two a halfmoon fish kinda week oh end ~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

    1. Hey There, Tabbies! Uncle Louie is/was Mama's great uncle so he would be my great, great uncle. I think it counts even if I'm a fur baby. Anyway, he sounds like quite the character.

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    1. What I said to Sandra, but with your name :-D