The Sepia Saturday prompt for this week is a photo from the 1930s. While the girl in the prompt photo is shearing an angora rabbit, I am taking the decade as my inspiration for this post.
Ok, honestly I was hoping that the prompt would be something to tie into my theme. January 7th is my dad’s (Bert) 80th birthday! He was born in 1932, so the prompt photo conveniently ties in to the time frame.
Here’s the little guy as a newborn. Awwww.
First portrait, maybe 6 or 8 months old?
Growing up, maybe three or four years old here. I think this might be at the family farm.
Fast forward to high school! The photo was dated 1949 so this is his senior portrait.
There is a whole series of the family dressed in white taken in the 50s. My dad was the oldest of three, with a younger sister and brother behind him. To this day, he is still very close with his siblings even though they live 3000 miles away. Before email and free long distance, they made ways to stay close to one another and that is a family trait I think my sister and I are keeping up with.
He and my mom have been married for 55 years and through that time they have been an example to me and others of making a marriage work. My dad travelled a lot for his job, but he never missed our birthdays or holidays, and when I was in sports he was at nearly every game. Now that he has retired, he still likes to fish and golf (two four letter words if I ever heard one!), and in recent years has been completely captivated by his granddaughter – can you say wrapped right ’round the little finger? He still helps us with our Civil War reenactment set ups and if we had only found that hobby 20 years ago, I’m certain he would have been happily “dying on the field of battle” along with the rest of the boys in blue.
Here’s Melody and her Papa. It’s a love affair unparalleled by any other.
Happy birthday Daddy!
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