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  • My father's three single sisters (one widow, one divorcee, and one 'old maid' - using a popular term of those days) were always referred to as "The Girls."

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    Photo ca 1942 at a portrait studio in Wilkesbarre, PA

    Music by The Swing Ninjas, "South of France," from freemusicarchive.com

  • The Girls were born in 1904, 1909, and 1912 in rural Minnesota. They made their own way in the world without husbands or children. One worked as an office manager, one spent her weekdays as a file clerk, and one enjoyed a career in dental hygiene. They lived in my hometown, but not in the same house as me or with each other. They loved to travel, and they liked to do that together, from the end of WWII through the 1950s.

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    Photo of two of the girls, taken by the third girl

  • These were my fairy godmothers as well as my aunts. They taught me to be self-reliant. I learned style and grace from them. They introduced me to new foods and took me to the circus. Their love of travel was enticing. I remember how the names of their destinations tickled like poetry on my tongue:

    . Chichen Itza

    ..Teotihuacan

    ... Uxmal

    ....Tulum

    .....The Citadelle

    ...... Fort San Felipe

    .......Sanibel Island

    ........Mazatlan

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    Postcard credit: Foto por Mark Turok. Tarjeta Postal por AMMEX ASSOCIADOS, Mexico, D.F.

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