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More Whoppers Families Tell You

Journal by janilye

Just reading about Sue Graham's post regarding the whoppers families
tell brought to mind a whopper in our family.

I really can't mention names, because I am sworn to secrecy.

But a certain person's great grandmother was so secretive about her age that
she went so far as to cut up her marriage certificate and hide the pieces
inside her handbag, never ever leaving the bag out of her sight.

No ammount of pleading or trickery would loosen her lips as to her age.

Then on the 7 September in 1989, with all the family and friends gathered,
preparing the house and food for her birthday celebrations,
(we still only knew the date and not the age) the doorbell rang,

"Will somebody get the door?" she called.

Can you imagine our surprise when we saw it was a telegram from the Queen;
congratulating her on reaching 100 years of age!

God love her, she died the next year on the 14 April 1990

You see! she had never wanted anyone to know that she was 7 years older than her husband - It was like that back then.

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on 2011-03-10 01:20:02

janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.

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by suegraham on 2011-03-10 14:00:15

That's a good one, I only recently found out my mother in-laws age after being married to her son for 26 years.

by janilye on 2011-03-11 00:25:55

hahaha did you say, "I thought you were older'
btw,edmondsallan, my sense of humour balances out my very serious
lack of restraint.

by Sarajane on 2011-03-16 16:45:24

Loved it, I have quite a few like that from my family-Regards

by spysitup on 2011-03-16 18:37:30

I didn't know my grandmother's name till I was about 15 and someone asked me. Grandma. I remember asking my mother that day.

by andrewsm on 2011-04-30 07:20:15

I'm older than my husband and he derives enormous pleasure in telling everyone he meets.

by Elainehee on 2011-04-30 08:09:43

My Mum and Dad hid from me for 48 years that I was born a few months after they were wed!!! I did know that I was adopted by them at the age of two so why did they say they were married the year before I was born?

by janilye on 2011-04-30 21:14:13

Although you knew you were adopted. Perhaps, generally, others didn't and that was their story for anyone asking.

by janilye on 2012-09-22 22:07:54

I guess this is my funny story about an ancestor

by psanders_1 on 2012-09-23 20:13:32

How funny, the lengths women go to hide their age.

by janilye on 2012-09-23 20:37:58

It caused quite a scandal back in her day to marry a man younger. Nobody blinks an eye these days. One other thing I didn't mention which I think has a bearing was that she was 40 and he 33. I think women of 40 back then were thought to be confirmed old maids and not treated too kindly when the wedding banns were posted.

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