Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sundays with Steve

It is Easter weekend, and Mrs. Steve and I wish you all a fun and joy filled day.

I'm glad you've been enjoying Great Aunt Barbara Jane’s tale of the wagon train from Missouri to the Washington Territory for the last the 10 weeks -- it was a little bit longer than I had planned, but there was lots of room on the blog and lots of time to tell the tale. Before I jump back into my weekly story-telling of small town life from the 50s, 60s and 70s, I wanted to share some photos from around the house this weekend.

Coming in future weeks are some tales of blizzards in the Idaho mountains, stories of other relative’s migrations to the Northwest (but nothing like the wagon train!), a story about 300 of us teenagers taking a train across the continent in 1964 that included an encounter with President Johnson, and more stories of life in small-town America.

I thought I was about out of weekly stories for you, but Mrs. Steve plied me with a glass of wine or two for a trip down memory lane, and she’s right, there’s a lot more to pass along. It may take another year or more to get through them all.

One thing I’ve been meaning to mention: These weekly stories are actually a compilation for our families to enjoy, or at least learn from, in the years ahead. A year ago, Mrs. Steve interviewed her father for his 80th birthday, and published a short book of his stories and memories for the family to enjoy. I was so impressed, I decided, with Mrs. Jenny’s encouragement, to tell stories that generally focus on my developmental years growing up and coming of age in Idaho. So if these stories seem a bit odd or off on occasion, that’s the reason -- the primary audience is the family who might peek at these in 20 or 50 or 100 years, and say ‘What the hell was he talking about????”

And I'm glad I can share these stories with you, too. Especially because you're all too polite to come right out and say, 'What the hell is he talking about???!!!"

Easter weekend around the house:










14 comments:

Mumsy, Chancy and Co. said...

What a fun place it must be around there. Just look at all those beautiful smiles and that happiness on every face. Love the pictures. Those are some pretty cool shades you all are sporting too.

Looking forward to all your stories that are yet to come. I have sure enjoyed reading all you have posted thus far and that is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Happy Easter to you all. Hugs

Judie said...

Love those shades!! And your toe collection is to die for! Everyone looks happy in your sweet family. Have a wonderful Easter day. Save me the black jelly beans.
xoxo

upinthecosmos said...

Love the fun that it looks like everyone is having... & those flowers!

ImagiMeri said...

Happy Easter you silly, goofy people!

LOve ya'
Meri

Ms. A said...

I'm lovin' those photos! Happy Easter to the Jenny Family!

Mama Zen said...

Cute pictures!

Lourie said...

What cool shades and beautiful pics! I can't believe how much those girls have grown! Why do they do that to us??

MaƱana Mama said...

Happy Easter, what a fun house! A wonderful thing, to collect old family stories before they disappear, and preserve them. Reminds me of one of my favourite sources of literature, the old Federal Writers Project (WPA) folklore project from the 1930s, available online from the library of congress.

Donnie said...

Loved those glasses. Got to get me some...lol...Looks like you all had fun.

KDL said...

Love the Easter glasses. Love the purple fingers that match the egg. Really love the idea of compiling family stories for all to read. My dear MIL is losing her memory and I keep thinking we need to start recording some of her stories while we can still talk coherently with her. Blessings.

Ames said...

Eggstraordinarily unique shades you got there! I love it when family celebrates the lord's day and has fun doing it! Easter Blessing!~Ames

Jeanie said...

It looks like it was a very happy and stylin' Easter at your house. Thanks for sharing it and your stories with us.

Pat Tillett said...

Love the photos of you guys.
Your stories are great. A slice of american history.
I've had much too much going on lately and have some catching up to do here (and many other places as well).

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It looks like you had a very joyful Easter, Jenny! I miss my grandsons so much ..it is always ahrd to fly back home after I visit them.