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.

September 24 – Loud

Sept.24_POD_LoudToday’s photo challenge is Loud.  I decided to include an old picture of my family.  We are loud, boisterous, silly, theatrical, and fun.  This photo is from the early 1990s.

Come to think of it, both the 1980s and 1990s were loud — with the music, clothing, and hairdos.  And, I loved it!  That was the era that I grew up in, graduated from high school, went to college, earned my degree, and then started my first job.

Many years ago, Saturday Night Live did a sketch called The Loud Family.  We called them “The Louds.”  This family would yell at each other at the dinner table.  My family mimicked that a few times and it was so funny.

I don’t think we meant to be loud, but all of us are passionate and have good lungs, so our voices carry.  That and plenty of singing and theater experience has helped all of us to project our voices.

Now, Ian is carrying on our fine family tradition.  He often has a loud voice and loves to talk and play. I think he too will have time in his life on a stage.

I love my original family and all of our fun times we have had together over the years.  My parents, sister, and brother are my favorite people.  Now all of us kids are married and have kids.

Dinners together were always important growing up and still are to all of us.  Now, we have all of the kids, as well as cousins, aunts, uncles and others to join in the fun.

I wonder when I will get to be loud again with my goofy family?  I sure hope it’s soon!  Love you all.

August 22 – Words

Words_POD_8-22-14Today’s photo challenge is Words.  I decided to include a note that is one of my favorites that I ever received from Ian.  It says, “Mommy, I will love you forever.”  Honestly, what is better than that from your child?

The photo is a little fuzzy since it is hard to take a photo of a piece of white paper.  I did the best I could. Ian wrote this for me last year when he was regularly calling me Mommy.  Now, he’ll say “Mommy, I mean Mom.”  Still not used to the new name, but I am getting there.

Seeing this sentiment in writing from my son was so very special.  This note is on the side of a photo that he drew for me.  I think it was for Mother’s Day.  Honestly, it was more special than any store-bought item could ever be.

I don’t know about you, but I love words.  Just love them!  As a writer, I spend a lot of time with words and can’t get enough. The written word in my writings, books, songs, and other writings are very special to me, as are spoken words.

One of the funniest commercials on television right now is about Words and that Words can truly hurt you.  It is a Geico commercial.  Have you seen it?  I sure hope so.  I crack up each and every time I see it.

As an editor, I have had to check the correct spelling of words as well as their usage.  This is something I also enjoy.  Another thing I like to do with words is Word Finds.  I can spend hours and hours on these. And, some days actually have.

Most people seem to either like numbers or words.  I definitely am a words person.  A few of my favorite words (but by no means all) are:

  • Love
  • Family
  • Child
  • Parent
  • Mommy or mom
  • Daddy or Dad
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Husband
  • Wife
  • I Thee Wed
  • Hug
  • Friend
  • Trust
  • Forgiveness
  • SRP
  • Brigadoon
  • Home
  • Clumping
  • Prayer
  • Belief
  • Faith
  • Be still and know that I am God
  • Trust
  • Honor
  • Respect
  • Happiness
  • School
  • Learning
  • Celebration
  • Compassion
  • Reading
  • Singing
  • Fun
  • Laughter
  • Aunt and Uncle
  • Cousin
  • Niece and Nephew
  • In-laws
  • Beautiful
  • Waves
  • Ocean
  • Beach
  • Beach house
  • Breath
  • Imagination
  • Blessings
  • Jesus loves me this I know
  • I Still Wonder Where Rainbows Come From

What are some of your favorite words? Please share them with me and our other readers.