Thursday Thirteen

This is probably not going to wind up being very random, but I have no idea where it's going to go. I just know where it's going to start.

1. SWMBO calls me "Bub".

2. When she isn't calling me "Jerk".

3. I call her "Booger".

4. Or "Boog" for short. Like "book", but with a 'g' at the end.

5. She gets irritated at the appellation "SWMBO". She doesn't see the Romance in it.

6. She'll be one year short of 50 in 11 days.

7. I have no idea what I'm getting her for her birthday.

8. My Mom's Mom died when Mom was 8. Mom was in an orphanage within a matter of days.

9. Her Dad died when she was 16. He wasn't able to take care of his kids.

10. By then she was with relatives on a farm in Iowa. She and her brother had run away from the orphanage within a few days of being sent there.

11. We go back to Maquoketa, every once in a while.

12. Last time we went together, to Maquoketa, Billy Wentworth, the boy from the next farm over, 8 years younger than Mom, remembered her.

13. He hadn't seen her since she was 17. She was 78 at the time. I am convinced he had had a crush on her as a little boy.

That's my Thursday Thirteen. Fairly random, I guess.



Shadow said...

random. interesting. and another scorpio i see... she's a good one!

Kelley said...

I love it.

The best Thursday 13 I have read EVER.

And I have read shite loads of them.

This. Best. Ever.

maggie's mind said...

This is awesome, Lou. And I haven't thought of Maquoketa in years. I knew people who had people there and used to go. Could be related, who knows, right? And an early Happy Birthday to your Annie Boog SWMBO. :)

Myst_72 said...

Random but interesting Lou!


Theresa said...

Wow, he remembered her after all those years! He must have really been in love.

Cool 13 :)

Tash said...

Random but absolutely lovely Lou!

I was gonna do a Thursday Thirteen cause I haven't been scheduling posts this week and I'm behind but now I don't think I can do a 13 with yours at the forefront of my mind.

I think Billy had a crush on your mum too.

ps - SWMBO is not the most romantic appellation... just so you know.

Patsy said...

Ok, send me an email or post it here or on my blog, because try as I may I can't figure it out. What is SWMBO.

I like random 13's like this -- but then you already knew that.

LceeL said...

Shadow: Yes, she is. A good one, that is. A keeper.

Kelley: Awww, Kelley. Thanks.

Maggies Mind: Yes, we got plenty of people back there. Still.

Myst_72: Thank you, Gina.

Theresa: It was soooo cool. They talked for hours.

Tash: But I say it out of love. Honest.

Patsy: SWMBO - I wrote a whole post about this - maybe I'll rerun it one of these days - but in the meantime - "She Who Must Be Obeyed" - pronounced "Swim - bo" Swim as in swim and bo as in Cupids bow.

Joyce-Anne said...

I actually kind of like SWMBO. It gives her power. But, then again, I'm not on the receiving end of it either.

A very random Thursday 13--I enjoyed it.

www.ayewonder.com said...

Glad to see other couples have odd pet names for each other too, Bub. :-)

Jennifer said...

hey there.

yes. it is really me.

yep. for real. lol

i'm at my parents hse typing away and couldn't leave bloggy world with out stopping by here first.

i miss ya!! :(

hopefully i'll be all hooked up on monday at my new house and be able to be around more often to harass you with long winded, nonsense comments... such as this one. :)

love the t-13!! great. random. factual. interesting.

and happy early bday to the love of you life!! :)

my brain isn't working today so i'm not sure what the letters stand for that you all her.. but i love that you both have pet names for one another. i also like to call my husband jerk... and that is when i'm not calling him an asshat or something along those lines. lol

interesting about your mom and her parents. sorry that she and her brother had to go through that. :( very sad!

it sounds like the boy did have a crush on your mom... that is great that he remembered her. seems like a great lady that no one could forget.

i think maybe if i do have internet connection on thurs next week or if i'm here then I will try a random t-13... i like this idea. although i'm sure mine will not be as interesting as yours. but we'll see.

well i have two three year old drama queens needed me to help them get out of muddy clothing so i better get going...

have a great day!! i have missed you dearly and will hopefully be around tomorrow too for a visit.

xoxoxo hugs and love!!

Cat said...

"She Who Must Be Obeyed' is a priceless love name! Wonder if I can get my husband turned onto calling me that?! ha!

Loved your thirteen - especially reading about your mom and the possibility of that young love crush!

Are you in Chicago?! I never realized that! Coffee would be so great or hot choclate - who else is near?!


Hyphen Mama said...

I knew we were kindred spirits! My parents have called each other "Bub" for 40+ years. I call my son "Boog". I love nicknames.

Honeybell said...

Love it! My parents used to call each other "boob". I was always wondering WTH?? LOL!

Jientje said...

A very good memory and a heavy crush, no doubt about it!

redchair said...

Your random 13 is a lot of fun Lou.
And I'm so glad that Patsy had the courage to ask what SWMBO meant. I thought it was just me out of step with the hyper space lingo. To funny.

Tara R. said...

I guess Boog is better than wench (my own personal term of endearment from hubs). You are one interesting fella Lou.

hockeychic said...

I love the randomness of your 13 and the little stories that came out of it. Just a little tidbit and you told a lot.

I enjoyed it!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

That was very random. And, I'm thinking that man was twitterpated.

Michael said...

its been a good day today, and you are so right about Shadow she has been an inspiration to me, i lose myself in her poetry and its her blog im going now

OHmommy said...

I am so glad others have pet names. Random, yes. Reassuring, yes. Many thanks Lou!

Momisodes said...

I love reading these random tid bits :) That's amazing Billy remembered your mom!

P.S. You are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO lucky SWMBO is a Scorpio. I believe Dadisodes would agree :)

Nicole said...

I love this one - love the things about your Mom!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

I love the idea of Billy Wentworth having a crush on your mom!