left to rightMy grandfather (in the center) appears about like he did in the late '50s to early '60s, so I'm guessing that's the rough time frame of this photo. The location is my grandparent's home in northern New Jersey. It's a bit of a surprise to me that Sliver (a Maine resident) visited them there. The two Donalds are dangling cigarettes, an entirely normal pose for them. My grandfather is outside sans hat, a bit unusual. Note the beer bottle on the lawn chair: the only thing unusual about that is that there's just one! Those lawn chairs were the object of some pride for my grandparents: the aluminum frames and plastic webbing were quite the new thing at the time. The chairs were expensive and a bit fragile, so we kids were always being admonished to be careful around them. On the house you can see an old-fashioned electric meter. I got in trouble once for breaking the seal on that meter, using a pair of my grandfather's pruners. That's the only occasion I can remember when he actually got angry with me – he scared the hell out of me when he started yelling and chasing me across the yard, my mother trailing behind beseeching him not to hurt me. He didn't – but when he caught me (about 20' away), he grabbed his pruners and inspected them very carefully for damage. He wasn't mad because I broke the meter's seal (which is what I thought at the time), but rather because I used his pruners to do it – he was afraid I'd wrecked the blade. Later in life I came to learn a truism: the surest way to get any horticulturist mad at you is to mess with their pruners!
H. Donald MacLaughlin (my brother)
Donald MacLaughlin my wonderful Dad
Sliver Sturgeon - “Male Chauvinist Extremist”
Sunday, October 2, 2016
More memories ... from my mom's photo collection...