My Mother had three children within two and a half years. Ned and Tom are what is known as Irish Twins, born within 11 months of each other. They may as well have been twins, as they were inseperable.
The above picture was taken in 1962. Tom was as blonde as Ned is dark. Who decided who got to represent the South and the North was proably left up to Mom. This Christmas burns bright in my memory.
One of my Mom's favorite Christmas stories.... The brood of children were pre-school age. She took us kids shopping in downtown Lexington during the Christmas season. Downtowns were the center of culture and shopping during that time. We looked forward all year to visiting Santa and whispering our wish lists in his ear.
Ned was older than Tom and the leader. We finished our audience with Santa and were on our way out of the store. Ned and Tom had their heads together and Tom stopped in the center of the store and yells at the top of his lungs,
"SANTA CLAUS IS A BIG FAT PIG".
And then ran as fast as his chubby legs would take him, but not so fast as Mom couldn't grab him and exit the store red faced with Ned and I trailing, laughing all the way.