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Bring Your Sons!!

Posted by in Growing Up

When it comes to famous family sayings there is one that really stands out when I was a kid. With 7 boys and 3 girls Dad has his hands full whenever he dared to take us anywhere outside the home. The 3 older boys, Jimmy, myself and Johnny, were old enough at around 9-13 years to be a great risk to my Dad. He prepped us in full threat when he thought it might be a good thing to expose his sons to some of the people he spent his life trying to establish his reputation with. 

As if a self-fulfilling prophecy we would inevitably cause a stir and on the way home he'd break into a tirade about how we "did it again". Dad has one of the most sarcastic senses of humor of anyone I know. He taught it to us and we find sarcasm to be enormously funny today. Sarcasm is what he used when he tried to make a point but he didn't mean for it to be funny. His famous family saying was "Bring your sons!". Yep. So many times he was invited to an occasion and he would dread those words, Hey George, why don't you......bring your sons!!"

So, today we laugh every time the phrase is mentioned and we use it a lot. It is said with a sort of side mouth attitude as if the last thing he would ever want to do was to "bring his sons". So, I can hear him now yelling at us like, "You boys will never go out again. Instead of being proud to show of my family I end up with the same result. "

Bring your sons!!!

Here's Dad with (l to r) Susan, Joan, Johnny, Tommy and Jimmy! Bring your sons!! They just look like mischief

If I could leave a legacy I would want it to be that I inspired others to leave theirs.


  • Karen Mack
    Karen Mack Wednesday, 16 May 2012

    You never know with a large family what can happen! We've all had some of those moments! LOL! Karen

  • Susan Darbro
    Susan Darbro Thursday, 17 May 2012

    LOVED this photo, Tom.

  • Elizabeth Hauser
    Elizabeth Hauser Thursday, 17 May 2012

    That picture is precious! :) Great story...

  • Golden V. Adams Jr.
    Golden V. Adams Jr. Thursday, 17 May 2012

    And often what we hear our own children say was a result of what we, ourselves, also have done. Remember, what goes around seems to come around--often in a bigger dose. Priceless photo.

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