I wish you were here to talk to. I would ask you why no one is smiling in this picture.
I have so few pictures of my childhood that this one intrigues me. We all look so melancholy, almost sad. But there is strength and determination in your eyes. You had courage and conviction to follow your dreams.
We were about to embark on the greatest of all adventures. And here you were with a three year old, a two year old, a one year old and pregnant on top of that. How you convinced the military to let you travel is a mystery. You somehow convinced them that you were only 7 months pregnant instead of 9 months. Or at least that is the story I heard, many years after you were gone.
I think this was taken in 1955, and before the year was up we found ourselves living in Italy. Housing wasn't ready so the military set up tents on the beach. How I wish I could hear the experiences we had. Finding this out as an adult was indescribable.
And so our journey began, and though you would not live to see it completed, know that your children, all 7 of us, treasure our childhood.
Thank you so much for having an adventurous spirit. Without it, we would have missed out on the greatest adventure of our lives.
(Left to right: Susan, Janet and Dorothy)
When my sister saw this she said it was 1956, but I'm not going to change it, that's close enough!
Most of the flowers were from a disassembled flower arrangement left over from a wedding centerpiece. hehee.. hey ... whatever is available ...right?
Oh ... I'm the blond child on the left!
ALSO - I was thinking - you know how the military takes pictures of anyone going overseas - perhaps this was taken right before we left, or right when we arived and were tired from the flight. Remember they had propeller planes back then, not jets. (heheee.... scary thought these days!!)