“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

A Sneak Peek at My Western Roots
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Every year for Thanksgiving all Hudlers converge in Burlington, Colorado, at my folks' house. We're a small clan. While my family does most things very, very well ... breeding isn't one of them.

Mom just emailed me the photos from this year's get-together.

I want to introduce you to my wonderful mom and dad:. Meet Joy and Rol.

The names are interesting: Dad's full name is John Rollin Hudler II. And Mom's is Muriel Joy Hudler. She goes by Joy. Her sisters -- and I kid you not -- are named Happy and Lucky. (Aunt Lucky and her daughter Debbie also join us for Thanksgiving. On some years, Debbie performs her Elvis impersonation concert)

An eccentric family? You bet. A few examples of my mom's whimsical decorating are most telling:

The little snake hides in a plant in the bathroom. Women tend to miss him because they're sitting, but men are greeted, eye-to-eye with the little guy as they do their business.

My mom's spirit and personality have wound their way into at least two of my novels: Linc's runaway mom in Househusband and the character Geena in All This Belongs to Me. So far, dad has escaped my author's eye in crafting characters, but, nonetheless, he is there with me every day as I write: My dad taught me how to work, to get things done. I don't think I would have finished even one novel without his influence on my work habits.

Love y'all.


Blogger Carol ReMarks said...

Awwwww, I love it! Thanks for sharing your family with us.

November 30, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Terry P. said...

Your mother sounds like a hoot! The little snake in the bathroom is pretty cute. Bet alot of folks thinks it's really real.

November 30, 2011 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Shirley N said...

Your Mom and Dad are looking great. I still think of your Dad as the mayor of Burlington. I think he was the only mayor while I lived in Burlington...and that was about 20 years.

November 30, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhhh, you so sweet. Sweetah than Gawey Petelson!!!!

December 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Maite said...

Ad, nice to meet your mom and dad. Your mother must have had some whimsical parents...happy, lucky. Gotta love it!

December 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM  

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