Thursday, April 22, 2010

Family memories - one

As I mentioned earlier this week I borrowed some family photos from my grandmother to scan with our new scanner. I thought it would be nice to share some of those photos and memories to go along with them. The first set are of my maternal grandmother's parents.
Their names were Irene and Roy Rone but I called them Ma and Pa Rone. Ma Rone passed away in 1994 and Pa Rone in 2003.

(My great-grandmother, 1955)

As a child I spent a lot of time at their house in the summertime. They are a big part of why I'm so interested in gardening. They always had a huge garden and chickens and Pa kept bees too.
These are some of my favorite memories about spending time with them.
(My first Easter at their house, 1982)

Swinging in the white swing on their front porch
Shelling purple hull peas in a big pan on the back porch until my fingers turned purple
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(Pa with my mom)

Eating cornbread mashed up in cold milk
Picking blackberries and strawberries from their garden and eating them while they were still warm from the sun
Walking around in their huge garden and being enthralled by the actual fruits and vegetables on the vine
Ma’s little dark glass bottles of snuff on top of the television
(With my newborn baby brother and me, 1983)

The wood stove in the center of their living room, watching them cook sweet potatoes on top of the stove
Looking for Easter eggs in their front yard, among all their roses and peonies
Riding in my Pa’s baby blue Ford Ranger
Going with Pa into the chicken house to get eggs
I can only recall a couple of instances on which Pa did not wear overalls. Practically every memory of him I have he’s wearing Liberty overalls, a long-sleeved flannel shirt and a cap.
(With my uncle, my mom and my aunt, 1963 or 1964)

Pa peeling and eating an apple with a pocketknife
They went to bed with the sun and woke up with it too
They always had bacon leftover from breakfast, at any given time you could go to their house and have a piece of bacon
There was also always Little Debbie cakes to snack on
I feel very lucky to have been able to know them


Gwen said...

What nice pictures and memories! Thanks for sharing them. I love that big old car in the first pic. Probably didn't even have seatbelts or headrests!

Diane said...

These are beautiful memories and so lovingly shared. Thank you!

TeaLady said...

I have been doing the same thing with tons of old pictures. I wish I knew who some of the people were. But they are fun to go thru.