A small tribute to my dad’s parents and to all of the Whelans that make up my family.

Ida And Thomas Whelan – ca. 1933

Of course, my dad’s parents are my grandparents and the only one I got to meet was my grandmother Ida Whelan, Nana to all of us grandkids, cousins, and “kin”.

The entire Whelan family – Brooklyn, New York, ca.1933

My dad Paul is the tallest guy in the back row. Back row left to right – Margaret, Janet, Paul, John, Thomas. Front row left – William, Thomas, Ida, Raymond, Mary.

I owe my incredibly curly (frizzy) hair to Nana who directly gave it to my dad who then sent it on to me.

I wish I could remember my cousins names in this picture from around 1944 or maybe the summer of 1943.

Back left a cousin, Aunt Janey (Sister Raymond Maria), Aunt Margaret, Nana, Uncle Jack. Front row left my mom Mary, a cousin, cousin Ruth. Taken in the backyard of my grandmother’s home in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge).

I guess I’m feeling a bit old today and a bit blue. It’s nice to look back at your roots now and then. – Chris

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