September 30, 2012
Near Seligenstadt, Germany, about 1947 or 1948. The scouts from the Displaced Persons camp engage in a ritual. I was not a Lithuanian scout, so I cannot determine the significance of the ceremony. Can any of my scouting readers identify what activity transpires here?
September 29, 2012
Camp Irwin, Barstow, California, 1951 or 1952. Mr. Irene's Dad oversees the exercises as he fulfills his military role of tank instructor.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 1963. My Mom visits with Mitsė, the adorable tuxedo cat that belonged to the family of my Dad's twin sister, Jonė.
September 28, 2012
Suburban Chicago, January 1965. We have friends visiting from Indiana, and their daughter and I play in the Rec Room. She's got Barbie, and the Skipper doll is at my feet. One of our neighbors—Mikey's owner—made animal figurines, and he gave us the deer that's standing between Skipper's box and Barbie's wardrobe.
Memory triggers leap from this photo. I first focus on the tchotchkes in the bookshelf's center panel. On the top shelf, at the left, stands a wooden statuette of a woman, dressed in white, holding a baby. There's an inscription at its base, "Lady Doctor." A patient carved it for my Mom. The White-brand sewing machine stands at the window so that the seamstress can have a nice view out of the window. My play table is tucked under the formica counter because we are entertaining guests. I am again wearing tights. And moccasins. Even the wall-to-wall carpet looks bright gold (less its grape-juice stain) in a black-and-white photo.
And the title of this post tells you it's really about the Beatles.
Atlantic Ocean, June 1949. Today I ran across another photo of my Parents aboard the "General W.M. Black." I am happy when I find something new in my Dad's outtakes box. Dad still wears his wedding ring on his right hand.
September 27, 2012
Suburban Chicago, June 1964. Yesterday's post about the rabbit reminded me that we have a similar, close-up shot of the rabbit's companion, the hamster.
The Rec Room's cherry paneling is the background for this photo.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Spring 1957. Mr. Irene's Mom enjoys the motel yard during a getaway with Mr. Irene's Dad.
Schweinfurt, Germany, January 18, 1948. Here's another photo of a group that was dear to my Dad. These are the scout leaders at the Displaced Persons camp. The scouts were preparing for their trip to the third Scouting Jamboree.
You may recognize this fellow; he's standing near the center of the group.
September 26, 2012
Suburban Chicago, November 1969. My Best Friend has arrived, and we are baking cookies. It looks like Lithuanian Honey Cookies are in the works. Mom generally did not like to roll cookie dough, but she made an exception for this traditional treat. My Best Friend has her hand in a bag of raisins; we'll use the raisins to create eyes on the animal-shaped cookies.
Does it seem ridiculously early to be thinking about Christmas cookies? No. Honey cookies should be made several months before one eats them because they soften as they age.
The kitchen had little counter space, so we usually worked at the kitchen table.
Kaiserslautern, Germany, June or July 1948. Mr. Irene's Dad—in the center—poses with other Lithuanian DPs recruited to assist the U.S. Army during the Berlin Blockade.
Seligenstadt, Germany, 1945. Mom doesn't recall what she was making during this round at the Displaced Persons camp's mess hall. She remembers peeling a lot of potatoes, though.
September 25, 2012
Glacier National Park, Montana, July 1970. It looks like I still haven't learned my lesson about keeping my food away from wildlife. Hoary Marmots are pesky scavengers.
"Remember, [marmots] can carry diseases like the plague and may become quite aggressive if they think you have food to offer."
Door County, Wisconsin, April 1977. Gigi looks ready to go for a spin in my Dad's 1972 Buick Skylark. After Dad bought another VW, I got the Skylark. It was my first car. It was a V8, and it got 12 miles to the gallon. I drove it many times between Urbana, Illinois and Chicago. In the early 1980s, I sold the Skylark to a vintage car collector. He paid $400.00 for the car.
Near Goodman, Wisconsin, autumn 1938 or 1939. The family of Mr. Irene's Mom finishes up another afternoon of apple picking. (The family often went apple picking.)
September 24, 2012
Kaunas, Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic, about 1962. My Dad's cousin, Henry, and Henry's wife, Suzanne, tune the radio. This photo makes me melancholy. I wonder to what broadcast they had tuned.
Seligenstadt, Germany, Spring 1947. Here's another photo of my Mom and her medical-school roommate. Mom once favored fabrics featuring polka dots.
September 23, 2012
Chicago, Illinois, August 1950. Mr. Irene's Dad, on the left, enjoys a Sunday walk with his brother, Ignas, shortly before Ignas reported to the U.S. Army.
Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada, July 1964. Here's another photo from the week when my paternal Grandmother, Tatjana, visited us during our summer vacation. Ah! I remember that housecoat; it was avocado green and tan. I thought Tatjana was so old. But she was only in her mid-sixties.
September 22, 2012
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, August 2012. Everyone had a great time, and the chipmunks survived.
Los Angeles, California, January 1958. Mr. Irene's Parents, the honeymooners, get ready to step out with Ellie, the Sister-in-law of Mr. Irene's Dad.
September 21, 2012
Augsburg, Germany, 1947. Here's another snapshot from my Dad's trip to the Augsburg Displaced Persons camp, where he visited his toddler Goddaughter. Dad's friend Casey stands on the far right.