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Stubborn and Bold

Trivia Question

What was the first Alfred Hitchcock film that starred actor Jimmy Stewart?

Stubborn and Bold

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credit: Mary Beth Weisenburger

I recently checked off an annual summer requirement: I attended a family reunion. This one was in honor of my mom's side of the family tree, a sizable group of descendants from German immigrants who remain as stubborn and bold today as their ancestors were a hundred years ago. Needless to say, it was a good time.

My 32 cousins and I are decidedly a diverse bunch. But we all have a nostalgic devotion to our grandma, my mom's mom. She was a feisty woman with a smile a mile wide and an ornery sense of humor, despite being widowed in middle age with nine children to raise. Grandma ran the farmstead like an Army general, with efficiency and competence. When she developed severe arthritis, she barely slowed down. She was known for her Dutch apple pies, her ability to sew anything, and her gardens -- specifically her flower gardens. There she grew and tended a spectacular array of flowers; her favorites were zinnias.

We cousins all remember her zinnias that flowed through her flower beds, adorned the kitchen table, and were given as gifts in lovely bouquets tied with twine string. So, it was no surprise that the item that brought one of the highest bids at the reunion's silent auction was a bag of zinnia seeds "directly descended from Grandma's zinnias from the farm."

Lucky for me, I had procured a bag of those heirloom seeds almost 10 years ago and have been propagating a bit of Grandma's farm on my own every year. Summer after summer, the showy flowers never disappoint me. They always return. And they always remind me of my heritage.

They are, it seems, as stubborn and bold as their ancestors.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

Rope (1948). Stewart starred in a total of four Hitchcock films including Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and Vertigo (1958).

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