Meeting a cousin, Bob Moore, his poosslq, Leslie Nolan,  (or her poosslq depending on your point of view) and Leslie’s mother, Marilyn. at a coffee shop yesterday was so much fun, I forgot to take pictures. We talked about family members current, as in my sister suffering from brain cancer showing an improvement after a scary malaise from the radiation, to Bob’s wedding, so many years ago, how his brother Jim, met his wife, to other cousins, aunts, uncles and surprising stories in our family genealogy. Grandma Moore had her fist baby at age 15?  Did Uncle Leonard really take the first tank across the bridge at Remoggin, during WWII?

We don’t know all the answers, but aging gives a great perspective of the past. And I KNOW you are wondering about that poosslq word.

I worked the census for many years and during the 1970’s that word was used to describe …persons of opposite sex sharing living quarters.

Isn’t that a hoot?  Now we accept the normalcy of significant other. As, in my significant other, Jim Jaillet.

Later, I cooked a turkey breast so we could enjoy one of the best part’s of the feast, turkey sandwiches.  I must thank the Earl of Sandwich for that great repast.

Note:  working on a new computer after wirelessly loading every thing from my motor home computer and my home computer, to this one. It took forty-eight hours. Glitches are in store. It will take time to work them out but…I made the page.


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  1. I have been looking all over the net for a poem by Erma Bombeck about POSSLQ that I thought I had read decades ago, but have struck out. I did, however, find this quote from the 1700’s!

    Come live with me and be my love,
    And we will some new pleasures prove
    Of golden sands and crystal brooks
    With silken lines, and silver hooks.
    There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do
    If you would be my POSSLQ.

    You live with me, and I with you,
    And you will be my POSSLQ.
    I’ll be your friend and so much more;
    That’s what a POSSLQ is for.

    And everything we will confess;
    Yes, even to the IRS.
    Some day on what we both may earn,
    Perhaps we’ll file a joint return.
    You’ll share my pad, my taxes, joint;
    You’ll share my life – up to a point!
    And that you’ll be so glad to do,
    Because you’ll be my POSSLQ.
    Come, muse, let us sing of rats!
    — From a poem by James Grainger (1721-1767)

    • 2gadabout

      Oh, this is truly exciting. I thought I remembered posslq with one oh, but it didn’t make sense for persons (of) opposite sex sharing living quarters and yet I knew that is what it meant on the census form. But, to think the term has been around so many years is astounding. I never saw or heard of the poem by Grainger nor anything by Bombeck about it. So, now I’ll be looking as well. What a hoot! We played a joke on my oldest son’s new girlfriend and pasted a sign to the door, welcome posslq. She was so nervous about meeting us, that it didn’t even register. They are married with kids in college, so she was the “right” one share his life and be his posslq.

      • Since Google confirms that the “IRS” wasn’t extant in the 1700’s (it was 1862), I’m wondering about the authenticity of the poem that I quoted you. Unless IRS stood for something else – but I cannot imagine what.

      • 2gadabout

        I thought of that too, but in the end, the poem is enjoyable. I have a friend, a retired professor, who might research it for me if I ask him. I’ll give him a poke.

  2. Pat Short

    Glad you had a good time with the family. Speaking of such, I sent a DNA sample to to learn more about us. I know most of the DNA will show German, but I’m anxious to learn more. It will take about 4-6 weeks for results. Will let you know the outcome..

    • 2gadabout

      What an adventure. I believe your father’s mother spoke only German, is that correct? And, she died of dropsey, curable by a simple water pill. And, she had a stroke quite young. A program I watched about DNA asked famous black people of mixed heritage what nationality they were. Some were astounded to learn they were more white than black from their DNA portraits. It could be valuable medically, maybe more fun than beneficial. I’d like to do it someday too, just out of curiosity. What motivated you?

  3. Pat Short

    When I went to my class reunion last September, I was talking to a girlfriend who is very much interested in her lineage. She told me what she did through Ancestry and all it tells you, by your DNA, what ethnicity you are. I know there is a lot of German in me (dad’s side), but also there is Danish and a little Russian (mom’s side). I’m kind of interested to see if there is more. Yes, my Grandmother died of dropsy. My dad and his sisters used to go into her room and poke their fingers in her arm and watch it bubble out again (weird little kids – hahaha). German was only spoken in the house and English outside when playing with other kids. Just contact and you can order a kit. You don’t have to belong. It was $108.00 total. You fill up with saliva and then mix it with some chemical (they provide) and mail it back. Will let you know what happens.. Pat

    • 2gadabout

      Wow! That is affordable. I’ve always heard it was a very expensive deal. I know I have American Indian in my background. I’d be curious to know how much. I may try it, but I’m far too busy right now. Can they tell you percentage, as in 1/8th Indian, 3/4 French, etc.? What kind of info did you get from them?

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