Gonna take a sentimental journey...so the old song goes. I must tell you that during the past few weeks every time I sit down to work on Mom's old photos I can only get so far before I have to quit. I have been working on restoring the pictures from the 1940's and 50's. My father and my sister are everywhere in these files, young, vibrant, happy...it's hard to believe they are both gone from this life! It's not just them either. I see the faces of beloved aunts and uncles, all of whom have lived and loved and have gone on to heavenly happiness. It has just hit me very hard. I am now one of the "old aunts" and there are several newer generations behind me! It has been a rather jolting thought and a lonely feeling. I want to work extra hard to preserve their memories, not just in the photos but in written word. Next week I plan to tell you a bit about the lovely lady in the photo below, my Aunt Dora.
Today I will share this photo with you. It was taken at a hotel restaurant in Phoenix. The occasion was a farewell dinner for my father. He was "shipping out", going overseas very soon and his sister Dora wanted to treat him and my mother to a nice dinner out. It wasn't long after this that Dad was trekking across northern Africa, through the jungles of Burma (running into head hunters!), and through the streets of India and China. He saw things he would never see again; things he didn't want to talk about. He also saw many things he shared with us over the years. Are they written down somewhere? I must find this out. I love those who lived before me and made my childhood so happy. It's hard to realize they are no longer walking the earth. We are so blessed to still have my sweet mother. At age 88 she is healthy and strong. I love you Mom!