Family friction over spending $50.00 on our grandfather’s Birthday Present.


November 30, 1964. Monday

All the Saffrons were supposed to wear the club colors, orange and white today, but nobody did! The members really had no enthusiasm after the horrible Hell Night. Mom and I went shopping for Granddaddy and Billee’s Birthday presents. We got Granddaddy a clock radio and Billee a yellow capri outfit.  Daddy was so mad all night, because we spent money on Granddaddy… He’s so unfair, after Grandaddy has done so much for us, I just can’t understand it! We had a turkey dinner, because we missed it on Thanksgiving.   Mary, our new step grandmother, seemed mad all night for some reason. I don’t think she fits in our family.

Saffrons Rule vintage-clock radio-zenith_1


This kind of clock radio cost about $50.00 in 1964, which by today’s standards would equal close to $300.  However, today clock radios sell for less than $50.00, which by 1964 standards would equal about $7.00.  My dad was mad that we spent that much money on Granddaddy, because he married the woman he’d been seeing for over 35 years, behind our grandmothers back and wanted us to accept her like she was our real grandmother.

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About saffronsrule

Sharrie Williams is the author of The Maybelline Story and a direct descendant of the Maybelline Cosmetic Family. Great niece of Maybelline founder Tom Lyle Williams. Buy a signed copy today.
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