At the end of October, my brother had a birthday. He isn’t one that likes attention. I often laugh as of us kids, he probably got along least with my dad. It’s not that they had a bad relationship at all…it’s just that he was always closer to mom. T
The thing is though…Jim is much like our dad. He’s the fourth born in our family…my dad the fourth born in his. Jim is quiet like my dad…more of a homebody. Neither are big talkers but when they do talk have great things to say.
Growing up Jim and I bickered a lot. He picked on me and I did my best to get him in trouble. I remember hitting Jim, (mom didn’t see me), then running and hiding behind my mom yelling, “Jim is trying to hit me”…and he was! I deserved it but I was just trying to get him in trouble.
Even though we’ve grown…I still have a little part of me that likes to pick on him. He feels the same about me.
So last week when it was his birthday, I posted this picture on my Facebook wall…It’s my brother Jay on the left, Jim in the middle, and me. Jay is six years older than me and Jim four years older. Jim had a 60th birthday last week and I couldn’t let it go by without drawing some attention to it. Jim didn’t want any fan fare…no party…no recognition. Putting the picture on Facebook was about the best I could do. Call it little sister revenge. I love my place in the family as the youngest.
We actually have two more siblings. Our brother…
Jule is 11 years older than me and our sister Judy is 16 years older than me.
I’m taking a guess and thinking this was taken when I was six at Christmas time. We had gotten new clothes. We all got boots. Me, my fashion boots…the boys, cowboy boots.
Oh, I loved these boots and really thought I was hot stuff. The picture was on Instagram too. Several people who follow me said they remember having the boots too. Mine did have zippers on the side so they weren’t so hard to get on.
Notice the hole in my nylons. It was my first time wearing nylons. So not only fancy boots by nylons too…those were the days. Aren’t you so glad nylons aren’t a thing anymore? I know I sure am!!
Did you have boots?? Do you remember your first nylons?
I had a pair of these funky lace-up tennis shoes in second grade. Sadly, no picture of me wearing them.
I love boots…but back to Jim…
I’m fairly confident that I can say the picture above was likely the last time Jim was in a suit…except for being in a wedding. Nowadays, there is nothing that could happen to get him in a suit.
Here is me with my siblings in more recent years. Left to right it’s Judy, Jule, Jay, Jim and me. This is our birth order too.
Whenever we are together we try to take a picture with the five of us. We don’t get together as much as we’d like to. All of us have a pastel of grandkids. Judy has 20, Jule 17, Jay 6, Jim 11 and I have 9. Can you believe my parents have 63 great-grandkids? Oh my!!
That’s the back story on the picture of my boots and my brother’s 60th birthday.