This weekend was jammed-packed with lots of family time thanks to two parties in the Delaware Schellhardt branch of the family tree!  On Saturday, we celebrated the November nuptials of Joan’s oldest son Eric and his wife Whitney at a seafood/crab feast at their home in Maryland.  On Sunday, we headed west to West Virginia to celebrate Mary’s son’s graduation from high school.  All total, I put 250 miles on my dad’s car but it was well worth it!

At the party on Saturday, Eric said a few words that have stayed with me all weekend and it was the perfect set-up for Memory Monday.  Eric told us how when  he was a young Marine, a chaplain described heaven to him as being  your very best memories replayed over and over again.  I think that’s probably one of the most beautiful descriptions of heaven that I’ve ever heard.  It sure beats my vision of heaven where there’s an all you can eat baked potato bar. 

For Eric, and I’d wager for most of the Delaware Schellhardts, some of the best memories were of summer days swimming and eating crabs at Nan and Pop’s (Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill to the rest of us!)  I figure there’s going to be a lot of Schellhardts eating crabs in heaven one day! 

Now, this picky eater wasn’t much of a crab eater when I was a kid – nor did I ever really master the art of picking crabs – but some of my best memories of going to Aunt Betty and Uncle Bill’s were when the big kitchen table was cleared off, covered with newspaper, and piled high with crabs that Uncle Bill caught that day!

Since today is the unofficial kick-off to summer, I can’t think of a better memory (or pictures) to share!
Continuing our theme of Schellhardt - Wissmann togetherness, today's featured photo shows the Schellhardt and Wissmann grandchildren with their grandmother, Mathilda.  It also shows that kids will be kids whether it's 2013 or ca. 1933.
Front (l-r) - Bill and Charles Schellhardt with Al and Mary Wissmann Back (l-r) - Mathilda Wissmann Schoener holding Bobby Schellhardt and Louisa Wissmann. ca. 1932-1933
Charles Schellhardt giving brother Bill a lift.
Who lives in a town where the hometown team’s going to the SuperBowl?  I totally admit it – I jumped on the fan wagon to root for the Baltimore Ravens but only because it gave me the excuse to wear my favorite color for a few days!  All the other stuff –namely, the football – I could care less about. 

I have been caught up in the whole brothers thing though – the HarBowl as the news media refers to it.  That’s pretty cool – two brothers coaching opposing teams.  What’s even cooler?  Their parents’ names are Jack and Jackie.  Those are totally the names of my next two cats.

All this brotherly competition reminded me of a photo of another set of brothers who knew how to have a good time!

(l-r) Bill and Charles Schellhardt (bkgrd) Bob Schellhardt
Schellhardt Generations is a completely non-political, non-partisan website.  Same deal with this blog.  I don’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, I couldn’t care less if you’re a member of the Liberation Party, the Tea Party, or even the Donner Party.  Well, actually, I’d be worried if you’re a member of the Donner Party. 

For the record, Anna Schellhardt (Nanny for Cousins 1-33) was a registered Democrat, at least as of 1984.

 I don’t know if either she or Max were heavily involved in the political process and were members of the 29th Ward Democrat Club or if they just happened to be passing by one day and decided to take a picture of their boys in front of the building.  But I think this photograph is appropriate on this day.

Clearly, the kid (Bob Schellhardt) in the back was an Independent.

Can anyone spot the future Republican?