|Mom at age 70. She lived to be 85.|
In the early 1930's she took the ferry weekdays with friends to work in New York City. They were all stenographers and bookkeepers. They all carried books to read. Mom is second from the right.
|My parents on their honeymoon, in a motorized carriage on the boardwalk in |
Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was almost 30 when she married.
|My sister, me, and Mom. It was 1951. They had been married |
only eight years before my parents bought their first house.
|In the early 1950's they flew to California for a vacation. |
The palm behind my mom only looks like her hat, and
my dad looks like a character from Mad Men.
|Early in 1970 they bought a VW camper and toured the United States |
for a year. They were hip before it was cool to be a hippie.
They just don't look that groovey!
|My parents often traveled with my aunt and uncle. Here they are |
on the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii, in the 1970's. They also traveled to
Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Middle East, and Europe.
While visiting me in California, Grandma read to my son, then two years old. My mother loved
reading and belonged to a book club when she was a young bride until she was 80-plus years old.
|During the same California trip, my mom, my younger son, and me.|
|Shelling peas from the garden on the back porch. I learned my love for cooking |
from my mother. We grew lots of our own organic vegetables and
even raised some of our own meat and had chickens for fresh eggs.
|Mom had four brothers and this is the |
youngest one with her at the beach in 1933.
"When you have your health, you have everything." I'm so glad that my parents understood the importance of taking good care of one's health. This common phrase of hers carried with it the understanding that when you don't have your health, you have nothing. I grew up in the best of times, when eating healthfully, staying active, and getting plenty of fresh air were common practice.