*These are stories my Grandma Ruth Eleanora (Erickson) Deahr Shine told me through letters about her son, my Dad, Dennis Allen Deahr's childhood. The photograph above is Dennis on a family vacation in California-this was at Indian Canyon in Palm Springs. Photograph at the end is from the same day.
Grandma Ruth: "Now for a little funny episode in the life of Dennis at about four years old... He had a towel thrown over his head and was creeping on the floor. I asked him if he would please run upstairs and get a diaper for Howard. Dennis looked at me real shocked and said,'I can't~I'm a cat!' and I said,'Well, you can be a smart cat, can't you?'. 'Nope, this is a dumb cat,' he said. He was such an adorable little guy, and funny!"
"You asked me to write some funny things that Dennis said when he was little. Dennis never liked anything but Cheerios, and one day I had his lunch ready but he didn't want anything to eat. I told him,'it is windy out, if you don't eat, the wind is going to blow you away.' He didn't seem to be troubled by that. He grabbed his red straw hat and went out the kitchen door. He just got to the bottom step of the porch and the wind took his little red hat, it blew all over the back yard. He scrambled to get a hold of it but it was a struggle. When he finally got it, he came back in the kitchen and said,'I guess I better eat some lunch!' What a darling he was!"~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
"Before I write so much I won't get it in an envelope, I'll write about Dennis as a kid. He and I were in Wisconsin~in my Mother's strawberry patch. I told Dennis about a man who almost had his arm cut off~how much it bled and all the gory details. He grabbed his stomach and said,'ooh that makes me sick!' He was quiet for awhile and then he said,'Tell that again Mom!' He was such a little darling. When he grew up he was a big darling."
"When Dennis was in first grade, he had a teacher by the name of Miss Oliphant. He disliked her very much and he hated to go to school. He wanted to stay home and he said,'I'd rather face a pistol than that elephant!' Dennis had such a remarkable record in high school, he never missed one day-perfect attendance. I'll write more later. Love you~Gram"