Friday, March 16, 2012

YOU’RE PROBABLY WONDERING WHY I CALLED THIS MEETING…..

Guest post by the famous Fishducky!!!


I thought it would be nice to have a special viewing of my family photo album.  Let’s start with the wedding of my daughter & son-in-law.  (Note: My slip is NOT showing!  That’s the way the dress was designed.)  From left to right, they are: My son, Matt (Angelo’s best man), me, Angelo, Nancy, Bud & my other son, Blake (Nancy’s maid of honor!).  It’s not often that my husband out-funnies me, but I have to give credit where credit is due.  At the reception I made a toast to the newlyweds: “May you both be as happy in your marriage as my husband is in ours!”  Everybody laughed.  Then Bud made his toast: “May you both be as happy in your marriage as my wife THINKS I am in ours!”
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    Matt met his wife, Linda, while he was working at Chapman College & she was coaching (& playing with) the men’s water polo team.  She is totally at home in the water & their home is filled with fish pictures, statuettes, etc. With our name being Fischer, they are now “Fishman” & “Fishlegs”.  I designed a fish bride & groom cake decoration, about 5 or 6 inches tall, with a veil, wedding bouquet, top hat & bowtie & had it made by a glassblower on Olvera Street.  I don’t know what movers they used when they left for Connecticut, but they should have used someone else.  Linda told me the first question they asked her was if she had any bubble wrap.  Below is a drawing of how I remember it looked before it was (unsuccessfully) moved to the east coast.
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    My granddaughter, Adriana, looked exactly like me when we were both babies was absolutely beautiful when she was little--& she still is!  One night, Angelo was in the kitchen visiting with me while I was cooking dinner.  (I TOLD you I used to cook dinner!)  He said that he knew all parents thought their children were beautiful, but that Adriana was special.  He said Mara, his 3 year old, was beautiful, but 1 year old Adriana was even more so.  He asked me my opinion.  I told him I agreed with him, but as her grandmother, it was possible I was just a little bit prejudiced.  He said, “No, I’m right, & I’m not the only one who thinks so.  MY MOTHER thinks so, too!”  I guess that proves it.  This is a picture of 1 year old Adriana:
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    When our sons were in the Cub Scouts, Bud was the troop leader & I was the head den mother.  We were talking to some of the other parents about our upcoming trip (our first) to Paris.  We said we were booked into a hotel room that was at one time occupied by Mistinguett, who had been a famous actress, singer & courtesan (hooker? mistress?) & that the furniture was mirrored & that there was a fur bedspread.  One of the fathers, Abe, was a furrier.  He asked for a nude photo on that bedspread.  We told him OK.  When we returned, we hosted a dinner for all the adult leaders & their spouses.  After dinner we told them that since we had a captive audience, we knew they’d love to see slides of our trip.   We showed them a few pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs d’Elysee, etc. & then this one, below.  I don’t think it was exactly what Abe expected, but IT GOT A STANDING OVATION!!
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What beautiful memories these pictures bring back----fishducky