But, that’s what you TOLD me to do!!


One of the pictures in my post yesterday showed the dining room table in our house in Springfield.  And my friend Mary left a comment asking if that table was still in the family.

I answered her something like this:

Sadly, when we moved here in ’56, Mama always quoted Daddy as telling her (he was already here, so she was left to sell the house) to SELL EVERYTHING! 

She took him at his word and we pretty much arrived here with just our clothes.  Daddy was SHOCKED when he realized that Mama had “done what she was told” and he (famously) said, “I didn’t mean sell EVERYTHING!!!”  So, no, the table is no longer in the family — along with just about everything else we owned!

I do want to make an explanation in Mama’s defense.  Daddy had written her that the housing market here was very tight and he couldn’t find a suitable house for sale, so he had rented a furnished home for us to live in.  It was January when we arrived and we would be able to live there until the owners returned in May.  There were no self-storage units back then, so I can see that Mama would assume that there would be no place to store much for those five months, sooooo, she sold everything!  But while Daddy understood that she wouldn’t be bringing much, I think he was just shocked at how literally she had taken his words!

The upside is that it was fun (at least I saw it that way) when we finally moved into a house in May — and we had to buy all new furniture! 

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5 Responses to But, that’s what you TOLD me to do!!

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    I would’ve done the same thing! Must have been a hoot when she showed up at the door and he was looking for a truck to unload!!

  2. Sandra says:

    I agree, Chrissy. Wish I could remember how that went. I’m sure it would be blog-worthy! 🙂

  3. Chrissy Witt says:

    in todays words I’m sure you couldn’t post it word for word, I hope back then it was a lil less vulgar! just kidding!

  4. C. Beth says:

    I would enjoy the “replacement” phase too. 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — My dad had had a rough childhood, but vulgar language was one thing that I never heard from him! 🙂

    Beth — I was THRILLED! I got a MATCHING blonde bedroom suite with a bookcase headboard. I was in heaven! 🙂

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