Thursday, September 25, 2008

It was the summer of '69

Today's Sincerely 'Fro Me To You post comes to you direct for 1969. I wouldn't make my presence known to my family for another 8 years, but I've heard so many stories about this time in my family's existance that I almost feel like I was there.

It was this year, I've heard, that my mom and dad packed up their two little girls and traveled clear across the country. In the summer of 1969 my dad was a dapper young man of 26 and my mom was a fresh faced girl of 23. Their little girls were my sisters B1 and B2 who were 3 and 2.

They traveled across the country from Florida to California or maybe from somewhere else, I don't know, they were driving a lot, and they decided to stop at the Grand Canyon.

Only the approach to the Grand Canyon was nothing like what we would do today with our GPS sattelites and online driving directions. No, they had a map. A map that my 23 year old mom read while my 26 year old dad drove. In a car with a bad transmission.

So they wound their way up and down roads and found themselves here, at the edge of the Grand Canyon.


When I look at this picture I always think of how fresh my mom looks. How young and beautiful she is. Her smile lights up the picture. I'm amazed how she looks perfect for 1969 and yet still perfect for today.

My dad looks like he stepped out of a Beverly Cleary novel. No, not one of the Ramona books... more like Jean & Johnny. Didn't you all read that as a kid, too? I'm not sure why B1 has no shirt on under her jumper... I can only guess it was because it was probably 102 degrees in their car with no air conditioning in the middle of the desert. I'm also unsure as to why my mom cut their hair so short. I suppose it was for ease of care.

About 13 years later my mom would chop my hair in a similar fashion and I would spend the next 5 years explaining to well meaning strangers that I was a girl because they wouldn't let my pierce my ears. But that's a topic for another entry.

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a Tonggu Momma said...[Reply to comment]

Same haircut over here - from age five until age nine -- with earring-less ears.. I am quite familiar with, "I'm a GIRL!"

Crayl said...[Reply to comment]

I feel your short hair no pierced ear pain. Yep. I was 1 when these photos were taken, so within a couple years I took looked like that...sigh.

Willow said...[Reply to comment]

Hey, spaz! Cool photos! In 1969 I was (gulp!) 6 and I had that identical cut. It was called a "pixie" haircut and I think it probably was to make it easier for the moms. I have never had my hair that short since and never will again! :-)

marky said...[Reply to comment]

I had that hair cut too! No pierced ears tho' so many thought I was a boy. I love seeing photos of my parents at that time period too, they always looked soo good.

We are THAT Family said...[Reply to comment]

Your captions cracked me up. Your parents Mr. & Mrs. Beaver, are very lovely!

Valarie said...[Reply to comment]

Oh your mom did have perfect hair! She looks so pretty :)

Valarie said...[Reply to comment]

By the way thank you for making me sing that Bryan Adams song over and over and over again in my head. Its a good thing I like him. :)

jennifer said...[Reply to comment]

"My dad looks like he stepped out of a Beverly Cleary novel"...

That was the very best part of this post for me. You are SO right!!! Great pictures and post.


Jerralea said...[Reply to comment]

I thought sure you were going to say they got lost in the Grand Canyon, or maybe their transmission went out. Oh wait, that's would have happened in my life!

I love the line, "My dad looks like he stepped out of a Beverly Cleary novel". It's true. I think I might have seen a guy that looks like your dad ...

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Love the Bevery Cleary reference!! :) I remember "secretly" reading Jean and Johnny because I was really young, in elementary school, and it was about high school kids in love! So I didn't want my mom to know I was reading it! ha ha ha!!

Tammy said...[Reply to comment]

Oh how I love those photos. My dad had the EXACT same glasses for many years. And I have photos of my twin sister and I in a VERY similar jump suit. And I would certainly bet I had the same hairdo!

Muthering Heights said...[Reply to comment]

What cute mom does look perfect!

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

WOOOOWW!! Look at those pics!!

It's amazing how the trends cause us all to just sort of...."look the same" during entire decades of fashion...

Sara said...[Reply to comment]

its good to go back and look at old pictures i love going down memory lane