Friday, May 31, 2013
I spent today with my sister at Dad's house going through old photos with him. We have spent at least one day a week with Dad since Mom died in June. We missed an opportunity to go through photos with Mom before she died, and thus lost forever information on who was in certain photos and what was the story behind them. Believe that we are taking notes now with Dad!
We are organizing the photos by year. It was fun to see Dad progress through stages as an infant, child, student, friend, graduate, Navy radioman in WWII, groom, father, businessman... We also have lots of photos of his parents and grandparents as well as Mom's to go through. Then there are the photos of me, my brother and sister as kids through adulthood as well as our kids. Lots of work still ahead....
Today we got to hear stories:
How Dad enlisted in February 1944, before he finished High School, and his principal intervened asking if he could graduate first. Dad was told by the military to graduate, so he did, and then he went to boot camp in June.
How it was so windy on a cliff in Hawaii, that his neckerchief blew away. It was a long time before he could get another.
How his Navy ship went through a typhoon on the ocean and how frightening it was. His ship was very tall, and the waves TOWERED over the highest part of the ship.
How his ship had to tow another ship that had been disabled by a mine a long way to port.
How funny it was to watch the gooney birds on Midway Island.
The souvenirs and gifts he bought for a fraction of the price they would have cost to get in the States.
And many others. Such a lot of history that he makes live for us as he tells what he went through.
Lol. I found a receipt for a Vancouver, Washington hotel dated June 28, 1952. It cost Him $4.10 for the room on His wedding night. Including tax.
It was a great day! I so enjoy spending these days with my Dad and sister. I wish I had some of the photos digitized so you could see them, too. That task comes next. Then there are the slides.... It could take years.