Retired Not Tired
This Weeks Prompt: My Family
Well my family started with my Mom and Dad. Here they are in their riding gear. Apparently they belonged to a riding club yet we never went horse back riding while I was growing up.
Dorothy and Raymond
Here we are, I'm the little one on the left. Mom and Dad, my older brother on the right is Raymond and my sister Darcy is in the middle. My parents were awesome church people and we were raised Presbyterian. They were very involved with the church, decorated it at Christmas along with making up baskets of food and leaving them on doorsteps of those in need in our neighborhood.
This must have been a confirmation for my brother. These are my grandparents, my dad's parents on the left and my mother's parents on the right.
I believe this was a church booklet photo.
Raymond, Darcy and I' the monkey in the middle!
My fondest memories were Christmas and family gatherings. They definitely entertained a lot. My parents had a funny tradition when it came to Santa Claus. We would go to church on Christmas Eve, my dad's parents would stay behind at our house. When we came home after church and the Christmas tree lights were on it meant that Santa came! Santa never visited us on Christmas day.
My dad would put like 10 boxes on tinsel on the tree one strand at a time. It was amazing! Then at one point they went to those aluminum trees which I didn't like at all.
I remember one year when my brother found where the Santa gifts were hidden. It sure did ruin the surprise. I have made a point of telling my own children never to look for hidden gifts because it takes all the fun away. We had Santa come on Christmas morning for our own children.
Of course I have memories of my childhood but I also don't have memories because I know there were bad times. I remember hearing fighting, I remember my dad out looking for my mom and the fact that she drank.
She was a wonderful woman with a heart full of gold but was very troubled. I remember visiting her two different times at hospitals where she seemed out of it. She was obviously drugged and the saddest thing for me now looking back is that I was never told why. I know that I blocked out a lot of my childhood.
I do remember going to my grandparents summer home in Union Pier, MI on the weekends in the summer. We would go to the beach and get a Drumstick at the concession stand. We would also walk to the bowling alley to get ice cream cones and go into the dime store in town to look at the candy.
I do have fond memories of school, some awesome friends and fun at Girl Scouts! I made it through school because the teachers liked me. (Or did they treat me special because they knew) My dad worked nights running the Movie Theater and no one ever made me do my homework. I was the baby in the family and was very spoiled. It has taken me years to learn that I can't always have my way. My own family will back me up on the one!
My mom passed away at 56 years old due to a massive heart attack. I was around 31 years old at the time. My dad is 91 years old and is doing well living in Florida.
These are the two houses I grew up in. I was born into the first one and lived there until I was around five years old. The second house is the one I remember and lived there until I was married. We were just down the street from the grade school which took us through 8th grade.
ENJOY YOUR WEEK!