By: Jconnphoto

Aug 08 2011

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Category: Black & White, People

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Focal Length:73mm
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Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Photo blog day 349, August 6, 2011

Saturday August 6, 2011

We had our annual family picnic today. My family likes to call it the family reunion because every year aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, children, nieces, nephews (you get the idea) gather at one of the families various places and have a picnic. This year there was four generations at the picnic. Starting at the top was my 86 year old Grandmother and her 94 (or 95?) year old sister. The two of them sat together through the entire picnic chattering like a couple of schoolgirls. Sadly, as I mentioned earlier in this blog, my Grandmother has Alzheimer’s but where she lacks in short term memory my aunt makes up for with long term.  She and my great-aunt pulled stories from their youth that I hadn’t heard before. My great-aunt was telling us about her first apartment. She and her new husband wanted a place of their own so they got an apartment on a shoe string budget. One day, she said, her father stopped by for a visit before her husband got home from work. He was appalled when he arrived at the apartment to find that his daughter had only a camp mattress and had 2 cups, 2 spoons, and 2 bowls in the cabinet. Just enough to get by but not enough.

“Dad said he would take me to the store to buy some things for the apartment. I asked him to wait until Ray [her husband] got home but he was furious.” She lowers her chin and looks at my Grandmother over the top of her glasses. “And do you know what Dad did? He brought me to the store and he spent over fifty dollars!” she whispers. “Can you believe that?” My Grandmother sits nodding her head and looks back at her. “Dad cared about us”

And that was it. They changed subjects and I had to turn to chase down my daughter. But I wanted to hear more. I wanted to know what he bought for fifty dollars! Was it a bed?  A set of dishes? Both? More? In the early 1940’s (I think 1942) what did $50 get a young couple starting out in life?



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