Sunday, September 07, 2008

Then and Now

Approximatey 1954. On the left: Joe, Lillian and two of "us kids", and my father's sister taking a picture of the picture-taker.

September 5, 2008, their oldest daughter in the same place.

This was a glorious moment for me, as I thought about how my parents felt, when they first stood on this spot--a girl of merely 22 and her handsome young husband of 25. Yesterday I visited my science teacher and he asked me if my mother still had the same "laugh."

"Yes, she does! "

He asked about my father. "Is he well?"

"Yes," I said. "He is 83."

"What is he doing now?" asked Mr. Bracht.

"He was fixing the roof, the other day, and my brother drove by his house. He said,

'Dad! You are 83 years old! Please, don't get so close to the edge of that roof! Get over closer to the middle!"

I was so surprised at how many people handed me a copy of my book to be autographed, and how everyone wanted to know about my parents. I took a large party of people with me to visit the Norman Lowell studios. Norman reminded me that my Dad had taken him across to Kachemak Bay many times to sketch the Ekron Cannery and the house the Ekrons lived in. Then he gave me a signed copy of a book of those sketches he made on those many trips on my Dad's fishing boat, and I gave him a picture of the boat. The Ekrons were interesting people. Mr. Ekron was from Norway and spoke another language. The family paid us to fish for them, and then paid us to work in their cannery to process the fish, and then let us spend the night in their cabin, and fixed us meals. I don't think they made much money but they sure helped us out.

I hope everyone is enjoying the pictures.


Samalah said...

Thank you for taking the time to post these beautiful pictures! The forests look very different from the Pine trees of New Zealand! Much more delicate all round....Just lovely! I hope you are having a very special time with your friends.

Best wishes,

Jennifer C. Valerie said...

I sure am enjoying the pictures and hearing about your family then and now. 83yrs old and on a roof! Gracious goodness. He's really active. Continue to enjoy your trip.

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy your blog, your wise insights and likeminded inspirations. Just wanted to tell you I just gave your book to my granddaughter and expect that she and my daughter, an avid hiker and writer, will enjoy sharing this book together.


Anonymous said...

Oh yes, I am *very much* enjoying your photos! Please keep them coming. (o:

Proverbs 31 Sisters said...

Oh, I love the pictures! The more the better for me! :-) Thanks for sharing those "before and after" pictures.....amazing! It must be fun to have them.


Barry Patch said...

How wonderful to see these pictures of your life! I am blessed to have met you, Sister! I can't wait to read your book. :)