Boys with Shirley Temples

Sep 30 2005

These are my nephews. At their parents’ weddings, many years ago, my cousins and I would hold [Shirley Temple drinking contests][1]. The tradition has passed on to the next generation. Joe’s wedding, I think, is part of a new between-generations mini-era, in which Pete, Timothy, Stephen, and I will get married; and in which Matthew, Daniel, and Nicholas have already gotten married. The part of the mischievous young males will now be played by the children of those of the half-generation previous. Yeah? Sister Clare says that her son Aaron, second from the left here, has taken up my old hobby of filling spiral notebooks with stories, drawings, and games. I need to introduce him to programming and to the right kinds of fantasy stories, to round out his geekish education program. [1]: