Monday, October 24, 2011

Thinking: With Real Toads

Every now and then on my blog, I have photos or stories about my late parents. I tell about their eccentricities, and about how much I miss them. The pain has eased a lot, although I hope the memories never disappear. Our "illustrious ancestors" weren't perfect, but they were certainly a lot of fun.
Mother died in 2007, and Dad in 2009. They had been married for 61 years at the time of her death.
Shortly after Dad died, my young brother Rob, who is 21 years my junior, was driving me somewhere, and I was reminiscing. Our brother Clint is only 22 months younger than I am, so we share most of the same memories and a lot of the same ideas.
"You know, Rob," I said, "Clint and I were just saying the other day: we had the world's best dad."
Rob, almost a generation younger and raised pretty much as an only child, said, "You're right, we did."
This morning, before I checked in with the writers' group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, I was looking at one of my recent posts and noticed, at the bottom, under "You might also like" a photo of Mom on one of those little beep-beep granny scooters, so I clicked on it. I was still thinking about Mom when I realized today is Open Link Monday on Real Toads. What should I write about? How about the ancestors — I haven't said much about them lately.

about Mother,
today, ever, always
whistling, laughing, smiling, helping,
about Father,
always two together,
printer, writer, fishing, trav’ling,


Joyful said...

It's nice when we have pleasant memories of our parents. Some people don't have pleasant memories and we are blessed when we do. It is still rather recent on the passing of your mom and dad and you were blessed to have them both. I know you already know that...:-) Hugs. xx

Leslie said...

i like this, a LOT. i bet they do, too...

Kristen Haskell said...

What wonderful memories you have. You never know who your parents are going to be. It is nice when you have such loving and fond memories of them. A blessing really

Fireblossom said...

I always get sidetracked by the wonderful photos of Lindy!

KaHolly said...

Such sweet memories. You were so lucky.

VioletSky said...

I envy people who have pleasant memories of their parents.

Seasons said...

61 beautiful years, and children who carry on the family legacy. Thanks Kay, for sharing sweet memories.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

61 years of marriage? How beautiful! Your parents are now traveling with you wherever you go :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

They should be remembered on any given Monday.

shawnacymariekiker said...

amazing story. so glad for your beautiful memories.
and for your projecting that love forward into the world as you do.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, Kay, you were so lucky. Your parents sound wonderful. It must have been very hard to lose first one then the other - but maybe your dad was just too lonely without her. Lovely to have such happy memories.

Mary said...

I do love this kind of memory poem. No matter what our age, I think we always miss our parents.