Dan is the 6th of seven Jones children and the 4th of five boys. His arrival coincided with my own desires to "mother" a younger sibling. I was ten years old.
Depending on your point of view, my mother did a very smart thing. Dan was due to be born close to my April 1st birthday. During her pregnancy, my mother told me that I could expect a "birthday present" to be born very close to my birthday. Dan's birthday is a week after mine.
When Dan was about three years old, the family took a vacation to visit my mother's best friend, Mary Davis Crowell, who lived on an apple orchard in Carbondale, Illinois. All of us had the chance to ride their horses -- an experience I will never forget. One of the Crowell's neighbors is holding the horse. Dan and Ted are sitting on the horse and Karen is in the background.
Pictured below are the 8 of us packing up to drive the 350 miles to Carbondale for our vacation. I can't even imagine. (Tim called to tell me that he is holding his transistor radio in this picture. He gave me enough information for a whole separate post).
So -- note to Dan -- I have many more pictures I couldn't put in this post. Here is a link to a photoshow that has many more of them. Hope your birthday is a happy one as you anticipate your next set of grandchildren -- twin girls at that!