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A walk down Dad's memory lane through photos.

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.

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    What a lovely gift. Enjoy every precious second.
    1841 days ago
    Sounds like you're having a lovely time enjoying stories and spending time with your dad emoticon Awesome!
    1841 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    What a wonderful experience! As adult children our parent's experiences take a completely different meaning, one that we must cherish and share with younger members of our family.
    1844 days ago
    Priceless memories and bonding time.
    In my work with elders I find they are often so grateful to have anyone who will ask questions and listen to their stories- even if they remember few of them.
    You are a lucky daughter.
    He is a lucky dad.
    1844 days ago
    This is a lovely experience . . . for you, for your Dad too. Listening is such a gift.
    1844 days ago
  • KANOE10
    That was a great day with your dad. What a wonderful way to learn about his life and to share his memories. My mom joined the WAVES in WWII and was sent to Hawaii. There she worked on submarine transmissions from the Pacific. There she also met my father and ended up living there. I bet that windy hill in Hawaii was the Pali.

    Nice blog. Thanks for sharing. I may do the same with my mom on my next visit.
    1844 days ago
    That is so great. Before my father passed I sat with him and he would tell me stories of the family etc., it is so wonderful.

    1845 days ago
    What you are doing is worth more than money could ever buy. And it's good for all of you. Wonderful!
    1845 days ago
    What a wonderful thing to do. Thanks for sharing. It seems that in the hustle and bustle of life we often don't take time to stop and look at pictures with family and take time to remember and to learn a bit about their lives outside the little sliver of their lives that we have inhabited. I need to do this with *my* parents.

    Thanks again for sharing and make it a great day!
    1845 days ago
    WOW...that is awesome...I hope you enjoyed every bit of it
    1845 days ago
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