From now until Christmas, I am going to try to post a picture from past family Christmas’ each day.
Fred. Dorothy, Russ, and Helen Christmas 1940
I love this picture of my grandparents, mother, uncle, and their dog. My grandfather is sitting in a wicker chair with a glass of wine. My mom is sitting on the floor next to him barely visible, and my uncle is sitting on the floor with the dog. My grandmother is next to my uncle on floor. I noticed the crochet pillow on the sofa. My grandmother made afghans with crochet squares like the ones on the pillows. The sofa was a wedding present to my grandparents from my grandfather’s parents and there was a chair that matched. The sofa and chair lasted 57 years and was reupholstered twice during those years. It was still in good shape when they had to sell their house and go to a nursing home. I also noticed the plants in the window. She always had lots of plants in her front windows. The Christmas tree is in the corner and I notice that in addition to the electric lights there are candles. One looks like it very close to the curtains. In this picture my grandfather is 44, my grandmother 42, my mom 16, and my uncle is nine years old.
I love this picture of my uncle and his dog Spot with my mother reading in the chair. My mother always had her nose in a book. I think she is reason I love reading. I remember her reading to me when I was a very young child. Every Friday we would go grocery shopping, and she would let me pick out one of the Little Golden Books from the wire spindal rack for 25 cents. I couldn’t wait to get home to have her read it to me. I had a big collection of those books and wish I still had them. When I got older she would recommend books for me to read. The one that has stuck with me is Mrs Mike by Benedict Freedman. I have read that book several times. It is one of my all-time favorite books. She took me to the library, showed me how to use it back in the days of card catalogs, and she made sure that I had a library card. She blessed me with the gift of reading, and it is because of her that I am an avid reader today. I always have a book around to read. My love for reading is the reason that I ended up working in a library for 30 years. I hope I passed that love for reading down to my children.
By the way, September is “Library Card Sign-up month”. Do you have your library card?
Note: If you don’t know what a Little Golden Book is, I provided a link above to their website. They are celebrating 75 years of publishing and provide a short video of their history.
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