Emily Kwolek is Babu’s actual name. Well, that’s her maiden name and it hasn’t been that for about seventy five years. Kwolek is her father’s name. I always refer to him as Dziadziu. When my husband and his sisters were young, their great grandparents were still around. Her parents were already called the Polish words for grandmother and grandfather already. That is why Babu ended up Babu and not Babcia.
It’s strange for me to hear Dziadziu’s name as Joseph. Or Joe. But that was who he was. Part of who he was because he was also Dad and Dziadziu. I found this, and it is from later one, but it gives you a real good idea of who he is.
He loved going into the woods and he loved mushrooms the most. A carving of them rests of his head stone. This wasn’t something he began before retirement. Babu talks about it in her 1930s journals. I was heart warmed when I ready that an “interest” of and in Babu, Andy, went out to pick mushrooms with Dziadziu.
Babu talks nothing but love, wistful, mournful love when she talk about her parents. Here are some images of this very dapper fellow:
Man! I though pictures from the 30s were amazing but even more so pictures from the 20s!