As Hurricane Irene approached in August of 2011, my husband waited on line for five hours at Home Depot to purchase a new generator to keep our sump pumps running if (and eventually when) we lost power. Long story short, the generator was defective; the basement got water; the photo album got soaked.
|My parents and me -- dig that groovy wallpaper!!!|
But technology has also now preserved the pictures I was able to salvage from the album when I finally got motivated to do something about it a year and a half later. This morning, in fact.
|My aunt, Jeanine, is my godmother.|
I haven't seen these pictures in a long time, and it's amazing how they spur very strong and vivid memories -- the texture of that blanket on the couch, the funny-shaped coffee table, the Lazy Susan (that my mother still has and uses!).
As kids, we didn't know what a difficult life my grandmother had raising her five children, of which my mother was the eldest. We, her suburban grandkids, thought it was very cool that she lived in an apartment(!) in a city(!). I guess because we didn't see her as often, we called her Grandma #2.
My parents only had one car and my father needed it for work, so Grandma drove us to school on rainy days (and took us to 7-11 for Slurpees in the summer!).
|Too many pierogis, fat baby?|
Favorite Thing host, Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, was talking about the internet and other pervasive technology earlier this week. That discussion kind of led to this post. Go see her and lots more favorite things here, and have a lovely weekend.