(Pictured with some of her many nieces and nephews. All the little girls in this picture are married now. The one in the lower right corner is expecting a baby of her own soon. The favorite aunt is holding Daughter #2. Daughter #1 is in the front, center.)
Once we were returning back from a trip to Utah. In our car, we had a box of delicious apples that we had purchased in Utah. We were planning on taking them home with us to California.
In Yermo, CA at the State Agricultural Inspection station, they were stopping cars. I knew there was the possibilty that they would be asking drivers if they had any fruits or vegetables. They didn't always do this...just sometimes. Well, I was saying that we'll just hide our box of apples, put them under some coats in the back seat. If they asked, we would say NO and just drive on. No big deal, right?
My sister was the driver and was getting more and more nervous as we approached the inspection station. So I helped her 'rehearse' our little lie. I acted the part of an agricultural inspector and asked, "Where are you coming from ladies?" My sister would answer, "Utah." I would say, "Do you have any fruits or vegetables with you that you may have purchased from Utah?" And then my sister was to answer, "No sir." Then I'm sure he would just tell us to drive on.
We finally approached the inspection station. Sure enough, the inspector asks, "Where are you coming from ladies?" My sister answered on cue, "Utah." I was thinking this is great. Our little plan was working beautifully! Then the inspector asked "Do you have any fruits or vegetables with you that you may have purchased from Utah?" My sister paused. I'll never forget what she did next. She turns to the back seat and lifts up the coats. Underneath was our big box of apples. She said, "What about apples?"
Above: This picture shows me and my sister in our backyard about 1969. This picture typifies our personalities, I think. I am the one showing off and she is the one watching me.
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