November 2020 -- Family Notes from illustrator, Robert (Bob) Wayne Bode
My mother was one of fourteen and my father was one of eleven.
It made for a lot of cousins!
My mother grew up on a farm in northwest Washington state with 40 acres which they cleared and used to raise cows and chickens. The boys were kept busy with the farm work, while the girls were inside cooking and canning. There were two times when the family was sure to be all in one place: in church and at the family dinner table. On Sundays, the whole family rode to town in one car. The older boys stood on the running boards and hung on for dear life! At the family dinner table, when the 14th child was born, there simply wasn’t any more room at the table. Eventually, the older ones began leaving home and got married.
Below is Bob’s mother’s family of 14 kids. His mother is in the front row, second from the right.
October 2020 -- Book Signings
Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, Valatie - 10/17/20
Impressions of Saratoga - 10/2/20