Today was the day of the epic match-up between me and my mother Sheila. I’ll be humble and won’t brag about who won. I’ll only say this….two thumbs, this guy Good effort Mom, better luck next time against one of your other five boys!
My grandmother and skee-ball
The truth of the matter is I have a strong emotional entanglement with skee-ball. My grandmother on my mother’s side, Catherine J. Donovan (also known as Cass or Catty) was born, raised, and lived most of her life in the city of Philadelphia, where skee-ball was invented and patented in 1909. Later in life, my grandmother along with my grandfather and six children, moved to the south Jersey suburb where I would later grow up just two miles away from her home. Here in the suburbs, with a beautiful house and yard, my grandmother and grandfather were to spend their days living the good life, easing into old age with their ever-growing family nearby. Continue reading