|Barbara, Hugh and Henry Cleage|
I have been doing my Advent Calendar posts over on my Finding Eliza blog but since this one involved Henry Cleage I decided to put it here. This is another memory from the December 1990 Ruff Draft, a family newsletter we put out for 5 years. My daughter Ayanna interviewed my Uncle Henry and wrote this from the interview. The photo was probably taken several years earlier then the memory. It was taken by the house on Scotten on the old west side of Detroit about 1925.
Henry Cleage remembers when his Aunt Gertrude won a nice new, shiny bike. He just knew she would give it to him for Christmas. On Christmas Eve he was sitting in the living room with his father after the younger kids had gone to bed. His father said, "Henry, go over to your Aunt's and get that bike ... for Hugh." Henry thought he would never enjoy Christmas again, but that after seeing Hugh so happy with the bike he decided it was all worth it. Even so he said that Christmas was never the same for him. It had lost some of the magic.