Flashback Friday – Tammy

FF.12-4-15_TammyHi and Happy Friday!  For today’s Flashback, I decided to write about my friend Tammy who celebrates her birthday tomorrow.  She was my best friend in elementary school and I have written about her before.  I am blessed to still be friends with her.

This photo is of Tammy and me and our sisters.  From left: Cindy (my sister), Sonya (Tammy’s sister), me, and Tammy.  This was taken in the early 1990s, but I cannot remember where.

The four of us have always had fun together and have always enjoyed laughing.  When I think of fun and giggles, I always think of these three gals.  My memory is very long of each of them.

Despite them moving away a long time ago, we have stayed in touch.  And, several years ago, Tammy came to the beach with her husband and children.  We all had a wonderful visit.

It is such a treasure to have a life-long friend such as Tammy.  I love that we can pick up right where we did when we last saw one another.  I want to wish her a very special and early Happy Birthday!  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!  May God bless you on tomorrow’s celebration of your birth!

Today I am thankful for:

  • Tammy and our lifelong friendship
  • Memories of the four us having fun and laughing
  • Having our children play together
  • Old photos that I have scanned in
  • A sunny yet chilly morning
  • The upcoming weekend and time to sleep in
  • Christmas music and movies
  • Specials on television
  • Time to read a library book

I wonder when I will see Tammy again?  I hope it is soon.  Until then, we will stay in touch and in one another’s lives.

February 2 — Mail

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!  Today’s Photo A Day Challenge is Mail.  These envelopes are from letters that I sent to my grandparents while I was a child.  When I was younger, we regularly sent cards to them. After they passed away, they were sent to me.  It is amazing that they kept these cards for all of these years. I think my brother and sister got their letters back as well, as well as my cousins.

My grandparents liked their stuff and didn’t want to throw away special things from their children or grandchildren.  They kept lots of things and had 8 storage sheds on their property.  I remember cleaning those out and what an adventure that was.

My grandparents lived through the depression and that might be why they kept so much.  Or they just couldn’t part with things.  I am not quite sure. I just loved the chance to go through their treasures while they were still alive and see what mattered to them.

Now that they are gone, it has been nice to re-read these cards and letters that I sent to them decades ago. I have enjoyed reading all of these letters that I wrote in the 1970s.  It is hilarious to look back at what I was into and my writing abilities.  It is a treasure.  And the cost of stamps is something else too.  Only 8 cents in 1972.  Wow – much has changed, hasn’t it?!

Today I am thankful for:

  • My amazing grandparents
  • Grandma and Grandpa teaching me about love and family
  • Reading a note from my 10-year-old self
  • Family treasures
  • Our fascinating family history
  • Grandpa’s stories on tape and in writing
  • Memories with Grandma and Grandpa at their house
  • Family sing-alongs in their living room
  • Fun with my aunts, uncles, siblings, parents, grandparents, and cousins

I wonder if I will keep special letters as long as Grandma and Grandpa did?  I may keep a few but will have to be careful.  After all, I don’t have 8 storage sheds.