|L-R Donald Nye, Sandra Nye, Carl Nye, Carla Nye, Catherine Nye, Andrew Nye|
It was our Grandmother Catherine Nye who was the chess maven. Funny that she was unwittingly sexist for being such a liberal woman. She never taught her granddaughters chess -only her grandsons and I wonder that her daughters knew from this photo since it is her boys who are playing. I don't understand this photo because I never knew my grandparents when they were still married to each other. I feel like there are underlying tensions which is why I would love to walk into the frame and try to figure out everyone's dynamic. I don't think my mom looks happy and Aunt Carla is posed ever so thoughtfully that it is stiff. Grandma was larger than life and the true head of the family I knew growing up so I find it funny she is so little in this picture and Grandpa is the main focus.
I would love to take a seat at the table and demand what I should have 35 years ago: please teach me to play chess. Oh, and I'd also like to know the name of Mom's doll.