Sunday, September 5, 2010

Let’s Start An Ongoing Story…

I decided that it would be fun to do a story about me… from the beginning.  A watch me grow story.  I think it will be a fun way for you to get to know me.  You all know that I do better story-telling when I have photos to work off of so let’s start here.

1027 1028 My mom and dad met back shortly after the earth was formed,  back in the olden days, at John E. Brown College in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  Dad was born and raised in Tennessee and mom was born and raised in Texas.  My granddaddy and grandmother Venable moved to Gentry, Arkansas, when the children were still in school.  Mom was the oldest of  six children, five of whom lived to adulthood.  Dad was the fifth child of nine, one of which died as a child.  Mom used to say that she didn’t stand a chance when it came to dad… he was spoiled by his older sisters before she ever met him.  Dad would just laugh, sort of embarrassedly, but you knew he loved the attention.

1039   My dad worked in the dairy at the school to help pay for his education.  He got his degree in bookkeeping.

1097Mom worked in the cafeteria at the college to help pay her way through her last two years of high school and her two years of college.  She got her degree in general education.  Her plan was to teach until she met my dad and did, in fact, teach for a year in a one room school, first through eighth grade before they married.

1120 This photo wasn’t dated but I figure it was around the time or shortly before they were married.  Back in the day most get-togethers were reunions around marryin’ or buryin’ times so this was probably a pretty special date for them.  John E. Brown College was a non-denominational Christian school and in the Twenties it wasn’t proper for a young lady and a young gentleman to do the public displays of affection and at the College they weren’t even allowed to hold hands.  They would sit out on the grounds of the school after class and visit, always in groups, and mom and dad would sit kind of back to back so they could touch.  That was okay, but no hand holding or necking like yard trash that you see on campuses and in the malls nowadays.

1116 This photo, if the number on the license plate is correct, was taken the year I was born… the fifth of their six children.  You will get to meet my sibs along the way and their children and grandchildren.

After all, I have sixty five years to cover… I have to figure out something to write about!  James Michener I’m not.

8 comments:

jojo said...

I just love these kinds of stories so bring it on!!

Debbie Jean said...

I also love them. Looking forward to more!!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Tatersmama said...

Love it! I can't wait to hear more from ya!

Debbie said...

Yard trash you see now a days? I absolutely love it. You go girl...keep it up!

xoxoxox

Laura ~Peach~ said...

love it if you recall i did the first 20 or 21 years i really need to pick the tail up....
cant wait to see more and what a handsome guy and beauty of a woman i bet they were FUN!

hetty said...

Great stories! I love them. Bring 'em on! Can't wait to hear more.

Sara said...

Your dad couldn't hold her hand, but he is looking at her with love. Keep sharing - I'm enjoying your family story.

Reddirt Woman said...

WoooHooo... glad you all are into the old time family story telling. I have wanted to do this if for no other reason that I could give it to my nieces and nephews so that they could see my life from my perspective. Not that they don't love me because so far as I know they all do but just so they can understand that we have all gone through some tough times and made it out the other side.

And Laura, you need to pick it up, girlfriend... I know you are not still 21, chronologically anyway!

Thanks to all and there's gonna be some more story telling going on...