Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, September 20, 2013

BANDANA-BANNA-BOFANNA

Shopping at Cheapo-Depot
Celebrating his birthday.
Touring the engine room of a Navy destroyer.  Undoubtedly these engine rooms are where the bandana carrying started.
There was never a time Ron would be caught without a red bandana in his pocket.  Even in the hospital you could see him walking with his gown open in the back and a bandana tucked in the waist of his boxers.  The grandchildren were always delighted when they got to carry one of his handkerchiefs.

So I have to tell this favorite story once again:

We attended Michael's Christmas play several years back. He was in the Angel Choir. The angels wore white wings, white robes, and white halos. Grandpa and I both looked at each other at the same time when we saw Michael, as if in slow motion, sniff first, then start pulling up his robe and reaching into his back pocket and before we could warn anyone, Michael pulled out the huge splash of red bandana he had borrowed from Grandpa before the play. He slapped it in this sea of white with quite a flair and blew his nose. The audience cracked up and my daughter, directing the play, turned to glare at us.

22 comments:

  1. What a charming story. Play would have been too staid without this!

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  2. thanks for sharing your memories with us.
    I'll never again see a red bandana without thinking of these photos and what you wrote.

    love ya
    Sonny

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  3. That is just the most delightful story. Of course it brought on tears, but they came through smiles. The things that get passed down through the generations. By now I am sure your daughter treasures this memory as well.

    My husband also spent time in the engine rooms of naval ships...that's why he never wanted to go on a cruise.

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  4. What a great story and a precious memory. It is great that you have these pictures of Ron sporting his favorite accessory.

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  5. Love the photos and what a great story. Did Ron use it or was it for show?

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  6. Tabor – This certainly made the show a hit:)

    Sonny – I would like to have a quilt made out of red bandanas or out of his favorite shirts.

    Olga – Ron never was interested in cruises either. He spent 16 of his 20 years on active duty at sea.

    Jeanie – It was such a hoot so see that giant red bandana come out of that little boy's pocket. Cherished memory for sure.

    LL Cool Joe – Oh my yes he used them. We had a supply of red bandanas that would choke a horse. I have tried to give one to each member of the family, especially the grandchildren. They are good for everything...blowing noses, wiping up spills, cleaning oil off the dip stick, wiping away tears. I carry one all the time now.

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  7. :) enjoyed the post Granny :)

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  8. The stuff of which memories are made. I tell about a bride and groom whose flowers I did. The bride's brother fainted on the altar; the mother's brother forgot to pick up grandma before the wedding and they dropped the ring on the altar and it rolled a long distance, making it hard to find. EVERYONE will remember that wedding, just as everyone will remember that red bandanna.

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  9. This had me grinning, Annie. There is nothing wrong with a splash of color (my mother always said this and abhorred rooms that were all pale and devoid of life or people who dressed in one shade). Loved the photos. :)

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  10. Sorry, not familiar with the red bandana. It's not something we city people are familiar with.

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  11. The Pioneer Woman, who has a cooking show, uses bandanas instead of cloth napkins because they wash and fold so easily.

    I was going to ask if you carry one all the time now, but saw down in the comments that you do.

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  12. Great pics and story. Bandanas are a main stay around here. The grandkids use them too, for tying up hair, dust shield, pot holder, strainer, etc. the uses are endless....

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  13. What a precious memory! Great story.

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  14. Oh, that is just too funny! Your post cracked me up and made my day. As Sonny said, I'll never again see a red bandana without thinking of your story, and most likely retelling it to whoever I am with at the time. Love those kind of stories. And I too love bandanas.... after many washings they are so incredibly soft and good for so many things.

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  15. I love it because my Dad always carried one too. Good story!!

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  16. You know the Bandana is big in the hip hop world?

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  17. ashok – :)

    kenju – That WAS a wedding to remember! lol

    Talon – And red makes such a great splash. Glad to make you grin.

    cube – Well you must find one and become acquainted with them. You could start a new trend among “city people”.

    Lynn – Bandanas for napkins...what a great idea. Might buy a whole set just for such purpose.

    Brighid – You are so right about the multitude of uses for bandanas. They are great to have around at all times.

    Chatty Crone – Yes, so precious a memory:)

    Aunt Betsy – Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog. I shall have to go see you too. See Lynn's idea about using bandanas for table napkins. I like that idea too.

    Cliff – Well maybe it wasn't a Navy thing with Ron, maybe it was a country thing. Why don't you carry a red bandana Cliff?

    LL Cool Joe – That is right but I never told Ron. He might have had to give up his life-long bandana carrying to separate from the hip hop world:)

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  18. Enjoyable and entertaining. Grandchildren always want to lay their hands on grandpa/grandmas stuff. They know they can take more liberties with them :) Have a great week end GA. Regards Ram

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  19. Too funny... What a lovely, sweet and loving memory.

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  20. That is hilarious! I just had to look up this post :)

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  21. You must have this on video NO???? What does Ron use the Bandana for?

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