by Ann Bogle
“I hope this finds you sleeping peacefully,” he wrote. “Last night the Scots invaded Sweden,” I wrote, “to retrieve the silver filched .. "
“... from the Irish the Norwegians had in their coffers when Sweden conquered. The Swedes offered the Nobel to a Scots writer to keep ... "
My great uncle Vernon, eldest, asked his father's blessing to marry Olga, who had always lived across the street and was Norwegian. Then the
... other children followed suit: my grandmother a Scotsman; her brother a Patricia from Chicago 12 years his junior; her sister a lady ...
... she met after driving to California in her A-model or T-model Ford. All will be married, I knew at three. In the car in Minneapolis we
... drove by The Sons of Norway, a fraternal organization, and I thought of Olga's brothers who, because of my great uncle's father, could
... marry the ones they most wanted to marry, even if they were Swedish like me. I thought the grooms got their tuxedos at Sons of Norway.
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