Several years ago, I borrowed the Kennedy family photo album so that I could scan select pictures. I am happy more than ever that I did this. My only regret is I wish I had scanned every last photo.
On June 23rd, we laid my sweet mother-in-law to rest as she requested on their property; in one of my favorite spots below Grandpa Kennedy’s barn beneath a large mulberry tree. When I married into the family I inherited more than an in-law, but another mother. Today, I pay honor to her…
Pictured on the far left is my MIL, Dorothy. She’s in her early teens, I think. DD#1 is a near carbon copy of her mamaw at the same age.
Dorothy’s graduation. This may not seem like a big deal to most, but Dorothy was the first woman to finish high school from the tiny backwoods holler known as State Line Ridge #2. Her parents lived at the end of that ridge. To go to school, she had to walk out (I’m talking miles) or to ride in the back of her uncle’s pickup truck to the main road to catch the school bus. She went on to become an assistant teacher, but did the work of a school teacher.
The day my in-laws got married in April 1947. In these old photos, I always thought of Dorothy as a Starlet. She definitely is as pretty, if not prettier than any big screen actresses from her era. However, she just wasn’t beautiful on the outside; she was also beautiful on the inside.
I am not sure of the year, but this was a Christmas from the late 70s. DH & I were probably dating at the time.
Photographed taken in the mid to late 70s. One of Dorothy’s hobbies, if you can call it that, was sewing. In this photo, she is wearing an outfit she made. Here she is to the left with her mother. They look a lot alike, don’t you think?
Photo taken in the late 1990s. This is perhaps the way I like to think of Dorothy the most; still able to do the things she enjoyed ~ sewing, making quilts, cooking, gardening, and housework. She was an amazing woman!
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Today’s freezing rain and icy perception reminds me of my first experience with this not so friendly stuff. This was many years of ago when I was in college. I had a night class. Gee, I can’t even recall what course I was taking, but the professor decided to dismiss class because of the imminent threat of ice. As the old saying goes, “It was a little too late.” By the time our class broke up the rain turned into ice coating everything!
I hitched a ride with a classmate that night. My husband was snugly safe at home. Georgia and I were about 10-minutes away from the school when her car slid off the road. We walked to a nearby home to borrow the phone. This was in the day before cell phones controlled our society. I managed to get my husband. Nothing moves on ice, I mean nothing. Okay, I take that back. Every thing moves on ice, but in the worse possible way. My darling husband knew this and he strapped chains on our little rear-wheel drive, orange Ford Fiesta to brave the elements to collect us. Most commutters were stranded or in a ditch. However, with chains on our little chariot, my husband slowly made his way across interstate 640 west to reach us across town. Needless to say, that was an enormously anxious and nerve-wrecking evening. It was so comforting to finally reach our humble abode and slide beneath the blankets.
My questions this week are:
1. Do you own a set of tire chains & have you actually had cause to use them?
2. What’s the worse weather related travel experience have you had?
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