A TALE TO SHARE
Feb. 7, 2014 11:09 am
Updated: Feb. 9, 2014 10:23 am
For most of my life - at least since I've been old enough to give a hoot, mom has shared the story of her visit back to England after my (older) sister was born. Maybe I was a "twinkle in an eye" at that time, but I doubt it! She left NY on the Queen
Mary, her newborn in arms...
It was on the return journey that her tale begins. She was a shy gal of 30 yrs old, spending much of her time aboard ship tending to her babie's needs, though she did have a deck chair (they used to reserve them in that era,) and thus spent time on deck watching
the ship forge ahead - nothing in sight but water, and more water.
Over the course of the week long voyage, the kindly older couple who occupied the deckchairs next to mom, were able to coax first a few words, and eventually some chatter out of mom. I imagine the conversation began with Wendy being the center of the universe,
but eventually mom mentioned that she was headed to her "new" home in Lansing MI. As coincedence would have it, the older couple were residents of not only the same state, but in a nearby town called Battle Creek.
As the voyage came to it's close, the couple extended an invitation for she, dad, and the baby to pay them a visit. Mom would never be so forward as to follow up, but to this day it still rings in my head... Every time I think about breakfast cereal, I think
of mom spending a week chatting with Mr and Mrs Kellogg, of Battle Creek MI!
While this event happend in the early 1950's, I must question whether the couple were THE Kellogg's, or offspring of the founder, but as I just read that Kellogg was founded "more than 100 years ago," it seems possible that Mr Kellogg was indeed, THE Mr Kellogg
- if not, surely a sibling, or offspring... I'll let you decide, but I'm leaning toward this couple on holiday, aboard the Queen Mary, were thefounder of the cereal company, and his wife...
Next time you put "Tony the Tiger" on the table....