October 21, 2015 — Wayback Wednesday


Hi and Happy Wednesday. Today I wanted to share a photo from 29 years ago.  This was taken after I had graduated from high school and was visiting my grandparents and other family in California.

1985 and 1986 were great years for me and a lot of fun.  I finished high school, started college, and became my own young woman. And, these two years a lot of great movies were released.  Among them were “Back To The Future,” “The Breakfast Club,” and “St. Elmo’s Fire” in 1985 and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Pretty In Pink” in 1986.

I enjoyed all of these movies and remember them fondly from my teenage years.  It was a great time to grow up.  I loved the movies, music, fashion, and hairstyles.  Little did we know then how nostalgic we would one day be.  That is how I have been today.

Much has been made today about it being Back To The Future Day.  In the 2nd movie in the three-movie series that was released in 1989, Marty McFly travels 30 years in the future to October 21, 2015. It is amazing to realize that day is today.

A few lines from the movies have been published today including “Roads?  Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.”  That was a great one.  We still need roads so that clearly didn’t happen. And, I would have loved to have a hoverboard.  An article was also published about what the movie got right and what it didn’t.

Clearly we cannot see into the future.  Still it is fun to speculate and imagine about how much changes.  Since 1985, a lot has changed.

  • We have gone from Walkmans and boom boxes to listing to music online or on our phones.
  • We have gone from phone booths and paying 10 cents, then 25 cents, then 35 for a phone call to carrying our own phones with us at all times.
  • We have gone from three television stations to hundreds of channels as well as streaming options and DVDs.
  • We have gone from cassette tapes and records to CDs, shuffle features, or downloadable songs.
  • We have gone from cameras with film to phones that capture all of our activities.
  • We have gone from bulky full size video recorders to tiny hand-held devices that we also use for texting.
  • We have gone from paper library catalogs and 26-volume hardback encyclopedias to search engines with 10,000 options to review.

As as I read online recently, I am thankful that most of my wild times happened before the Internet.  I wasn’t a wild child, but I am glad that every thing I did and said wasn’t recorded.

It is amazing the changes that we have seen.  On the one hand, I feel quite old today.  On the other hand, I can’t wait to see what is next.

Wayback Wednesday – Grandpa and Me

img116 Yesterday, August 4, was my grandpa’s birthday.  He was born in 1908 and died in 1996.  This Wayback Wednesday photo was taken in 1990 of the two of us.  He was 82 years old and I was a recent college graduate.

We were from different generations, liked different music, had different ideas about life, and were far apart in our ages. Yet we got along very well and had some amazing conversations.  For that, I am really and truly thankful.

I still miss him and wish he could have met my husband and my son.  I think he would have liked both of them and would have been great to talk to.  Ian was born the year he would have been 99 years old, had he lived that long.

I loved his stories and talking with him.  I also love how much he loved my grandmother.  He also loved his children, their spouses, and all of his grandchildren.  He taught me a lot about the importance of family, the love of writing, and the amazing gift and talent of storytelling.

POD_March.6_Chair-Our family has grown a lot since his passing and that of my grandmother as well.  So many new and wonderful people have been born and have been growing up ever since.

I know he would loved each and every one of them.  I only wish he could have known them.  Thankfully this summer, our family was able to be together and continue his legacy.

Here is another picture of the two of us when we were both much younger.  This was a special outfit that I was wearing.  I have loved wearing hats for years and this may have been when that love began.

As you know, Grandpa and his stories are the inspiration for this blog and for much of my writing.  As I continue to write, I find many of my writings are similar to what he used to do.  That makes me smile.

He was an amazing writer and educator.  He did a lot for people.  And, he and my grandmother bought the beach house that we all still enjoy today.  I am glad to have known him as long as I did.

Some of my favorite memories of Grandpa are:

  • Sitting on his lap for storytime
  • Being taken on a ride with Willie The Elf and his adventures
  • His regular breakfast of a soft-boiled egg, toast, and prunes
  • Discussions in his front room while doing laundry
  • His advice and counsel on a variety of topics
  • His teeth in a jar at night
  • Schatzi, the precious Miniature Schnauzer with floppy ears
  • His many characters
  • “Madam, you may draw your own conclusions.”
  • “I still wonder where rainbows come from.”
  • Candy canes on a cabin
  • His sunbathing spot behind the house
  • Watching him write at his typewriter
  • His seat in the living room, which was right next to Grandma’s seat
  • Stories of the cabin and making pancakes there
  • Holding hands each evening with his wife, my grandmother
  • His voice and inflections as he told a favorite story
  • His cane and white shoes
  • The blue front room
  • His love of opera and reading
  • The pool and the large front yard

In Grandpa’s honor, I want to close with “I still wonder where rainbows come from.”  This phrase and his many stories taught me well to always be on a quest for knowledge, to rely on your loved ones, and to find a way to make the best of your life.