Back row (L to R): Daddy, Grandpa Stanley, Grandma Martha, Mother
Across from Daddy: Uncle Gene-Ski
I love this photo. My parents met on a blind date in Savannah when Daddy was stationed at Parris Island, SC. Daddy was from Erie, Polish, and Catholic. Mother was the epitome of a Southern Belle (wannabe). They dated for 6 months, married, and spent their honeymoon on a train headed for Philadelphia (Daddy's next post).
Daddy's parents and Uncle Gene-Ski traveled to Philly to meet the newest member of the family. They had a dinner party with several of Daddy's Marine buddies and wives. I would have loved to have witnessed that meeting. Notice the frown on Grandma's face? I never saw that woman smile, honestly. Daddy always said she missed Poland. (Why?) Mother's smile looks a little forced, too.
Daddy had written every one's name on the photo. All the last names ended with -ski or -vich. I'm sure Daddy's friends (not Grandma) were amused by Mother's Southern Charm. Although, Mother was totally "out of her element", she always spoke fondly of their years spent in Philly. I can't say she ever spoke fondly of Grandma.