Monday, February 11, 2013

little treasures...

Recently I visited with my parents who both ended up in the hospital at the same time. They always have done everything together, so this was really not that unusual. Life is changing quickly for both of them. Fiercely independent, we are learning to take each day one at a time.  While staying at their house I came across this little booklet of pictures which had been shot in Canada when my sister Veronica and I first immigrated through Canada on our way to the USA with my parents. My parents had sent it to their parents to show where we were living. I'm not sure how it ended up back in my parents possession again. I'd never seen these pictures before...but life is full of little treasures...



14 comments:

Marianne said...

I love your photos! They remind me of my old pictures when I was little- the TV and furniture!
I just watched your sister in Flight of the Navigator with my 4 year old grandson. It's the first time I had seen it in many many years- since when my kids were young. So fun to see it again!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Truly, truly these photos are treasures! What a blessing this is for you and your sister. Sending a hug of celebration your way.

Mark said...

Thanks for sharing these with us. They remind me of the times my family spent 'in transit' in an apartment in Canberra when we returned to Australia at the end of my dad's overseas postings. Even the wall heater looks familiar!

Me said...

Angela,
I hope you Mom & Dad recover soon! Didn't they recently celebrate their 65th anniversary this year?

Robin Wylie said...

It seems that as parents and grandparents get older, all sorts of photographs reveal themselves that had been long hidden. Some are mystifying ("Who in the world is that?"), some amusing (the fashions are a riot!) and some might tell you more than you'd care to know (my father seemed to enjoy his bachelor days much more than we'd realized!). But whatever comes up, we should treasure what we can and save it for the generations after us. They're writing the next chapter, it's helpful to know the story so far :-)

margo alexander said...

Those pix remind me of my childhood. We are the same age. I had pix like that taken with my brother who is your sister's age. :)

Anonymous said...

Hope your folks are OK . . .

--Rob

coffeesvp said...

I hope your parents are well. It is terrific that you are a close family.
Wonderful photos.

Tiglizzyclone said...

I hope your parents are getting better. Those are the best kind of pictures!

Mystical_Lucie said...

Oh Angela, I'm so sorry to hear about your parents' recent stay in hospital. Hopefully, they were able to share a room together while they were there. I hope they're doing somewhat better now and that they will be able to adjust to their loss of independence. I went through that with my own parents years ago and although you sort of expect it as they grow older, it always seems to catch you unaware regardless.

Those photos you posted are just so precious! Since we're about the same age, they could easily have been taken at our house because they look so familiar. I used to love those old radiators that kept our house so warm during the winter. On a really cold day, I used to sit on the floor with my back up against them to warm up. Mom used to wash all our socks and "intimates" by hand and hang them across the radiators to dry (lol). I also got a kick out of those wildly patterned draperies (probably fiberglass) and linoleum or carpeting in your photos (I can't tell which it was). And remember those metal horizontal blinds which made such a clanging noise if they were lowered too fast? We even had a t.v. set almost identical to the one in your photos.

I think I remember reading that it was in Montreal that your family lived before moving to California, is that correct? Do you remember much about your home there or have you heard stories about it? Do you know what street it was on?

Thank you so much for the great walk down memory lane.

Seth said...

Wishing your parents well Angela. And those pictures are such a treasure trove.

Roberta said...

I remember those TVs! So funny how small they were with that little oval screen............

Cynthia said...

What adorable memories and treasures. Love how you've presented them. At first I thought they were mounted on a long board which would be great for writing on. Then I looked at them larger and realized they were just being turned over. I remember how the photos used to come with a plastic ring binding in a little booklet. What fun. Sorry about your parents hospital stay and wishing they are well soon. Sending hugs to you during this time.

Mister Nobody said...

Little treasures they are. I'm amazed looking at them how closely they resemble pictures of our home in Virginia when I was a boy in the early 1960s. The flower designed linoleum, the silver radiator, the lone chair in front of the TV.

Its amazing to think that the beautiful Angela Cartright who I watched growing up on the TV and movies, was born from such humble beginnings as myself and my own family. Isn't it amazing just how spartan our homes were back then compared to all the "stuff" we have today. It was such a quieter simpler world, so much easier for us as children to really experience life and the world. Imagine a kid today sitting for hours in a barren room with a few toys, no television or radio, just a few toys and a TV in the living room.

pictures Mrs Cartright. You're still our favorite, and you're still so beautiful, both in body and in your art, music and soul. I loved you when I was a young boy in the 60's as Penny Robinson, and I still am in awe of you today.
Thanks for sharing them (and great background music by the way, simply beautiful).

Your lifelong fan, Mister Nobody.