Thursday, July 31, 2008

Found Treasure


When I was in Idaho, I found this old photo on a shelf in one of my closets--this is a photo of my Dad's parents when they were dating. It was taken around 1924 or so, I think. Aren't they a cute couple? Click on the photo to get a close up view--I think this was taken in Colorado, in Estes Park, where one of my Grandma's brothers owned a lodge. Look at my Grandma's boots--I think those were hiking boots! They often would go on day trips with a bunch of family and friends and did a lot of "outdoorsy" things back then. My grandfather was a very sweet man and loved me very much, I am told. My parents both used to tell me that my Grandpa would proudly parade me around his neighborhood in my stroller every time my parents visited, and would be very upset if no one came out to tell him what a beautiful baby I was. (I was their first grandchild.) Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away at the young age of 57 of pancreatic cancer, when I was 4 years old. I have vague memories of him and haved wished many times during my life that I would have been able to know and love him a lot longer. My grandmother was the most wonderful grandmother a child could have. She was an absolute doll, and always so kind and loving to me and my sisters. She and I were very close. She died when I was 25, 30 years ago, but I still can see her in my mind as though it was yesterday, and I miss her terribly to this day.

8 comments:

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

Your lucky to have wonderful memories to have and to hold.
Diane

Sarah said...

I love old photos like this...of our relatives in a young stage...in love. How sweet. When I see pics of my grandparents (young) it makes me wonder who they were....to know them not as my grandparents but as "people". You resemble your grandmother!
Sarah
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SweetAnnee said...

What a great picture...
I have one of my dad's parents to0

Wanted to say hi friend..thanks for
caring about me
deena

Patti said...

Love the picture, love the boots...she was stylin' !

I miss my grandmother too. Isn't it funny what things we remember from our very early childhood years? I can see my grandmotner like it was yesterday too.

Did you grow up in Idaho? What city?

Hope you got some rest. Glad to see you are back...I missed you.
Hugs
Patti

Lydia said...

What a great photo! The hiking boots are so neat - so unusual! They look so wonderful- their faces. They show so much in their eyes and smiles, like you.

I also had the best grandma in the world! Mine passed away when I was in 3rd grade. She was so very neat. We went to their house every Sun. after church for Sunday dinner. Great memories.

How's the house? Any bites? Lydia

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

Jann, Lovely photo of your Grandparents. I was very close to mine as well. They provided a safe haven for me very often.
I send you warm thoughts, Nita

Maggie Ann said...

What a sweet post..and I'm sorry you lost your Grandfather at so young an age.

Bettie said...

What a wonderful photo. The look so happy your grandparents and in a way so modern! You're lucky to have such memories!