My Uncles' Birthday
by, 02-22-2010 at 10:52 AM (663 Views)
I have three uncles that have something unique in common, they were all born on February the 19th, just different years! We had a special family gathering last week, and I posted the newspaper article about it above.
They all grew up in tough times, my grandfather lost his dairy farm and had heart problems. So my grandmother pretty much had to raise and support her three sons and three daughters during The Great Depression by herself. She became the manager of the cafeteria at South Fulton High School, and during WWII, she also worked a second job at the Bell Aircraft Plant in Marietta by building B-29 bombers.
They lived with no electricity, indoor plumbing, or telephone. The oldest daughter's job was to keep the oil lamps clean and full so they could see at night. Both of my older uncles were drafted by the Atlanta Cracker's Baseball team, but WWII ended their future ball careers. The Atlanta Constitution ran an article in the late '20s, that old photo is so cool. My mother was the youngest of the kids, she was the only one that got a bicycle, it was a Christmas gift that everybody pitched in to get her.
The boys all went off to serve their country as soon as they reached draft age. The oldest, Coney, was a bombardier in a B-29 bomber. He lives near Hilton Head Island now, and at 89, he still drives his BMW convertible up to spend his birthday with his brothers. Billy was a Marine that fought in the Pacific, he saw action on Iwo Jima and was wounded on Saipan. Jack was in the Army, he was stationed in Florida at a base that trained soldiers being deplored to Europe. After the war, they all came home and got married and started their careers. Coney became a title lawyer, and the two younger brothers later retired from their careers at AT&T.
They are all close, they get together and go on trips all the time now. The last fifty years, the brothers all make it a point to get together and celebrate on February 19th. My uncles and aunts take care of each other in anyway they can. It was great to see everybody once again last week. My uncles all said they wanted to "have just another day together next year". I hope they do.