At Play In The Archive
Hello, People. It’s been a while. Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Remember that foot surgery I had back in December? Well, turns out that it didn’t go so well after all. I suffered a rare complication (really rare, like, less than 1% rare) about a month after surgery that threw my life into complete turmoil while we got it sorted out. What should have been a straightforward 6-8 week recovery period instead turned into an estimated 6-12 month recovery, and I have learned more about the peripheral nervous system–and the malfunctions thereof–than I ever wanted to know. I’m happy to report that I’m finally walking without a cane now, and with the help of physical therapy and some amazing drug therapy that will carry on for at least a year, am back to leading a pretty normal life. I will not be doing any long-distance walking any time soon, but what a thrill to be able to walk at all. I’m so grateful for the synchronicities that led to me receiving the right care at the right time; the alternative is too dreadful to even think about, so I don’t.
So, where were we? 1925, I think. That’s the year both of my teeny-tiny great-grandparents became naturalized US citizens. According to their certificates of naturalization, Leo was 5′ 5″ and Margaret was 5′ 3″. I’m tickled by how short they were, living in a family of giants as I do. Both my daughters hover near 6′, way over my head.
Here are some family photographs taken that year. My grandpa Bob was obviously a much beloved child. His clothes are so adorable, leading me to wonder if they were hand-made (and if so, by whom) or store bought. My very cursory research suggests that it could have gone either way, so maybe he wore a combination. Whatever the case, the whole family was always turned out very nicely, at least for pictures.
In parting, here are two Memorial Day posts worthy of your attention: This one, from the very first follower of my blog, GPCox of Pacific Paratrooper. (We’ll figure out the Dorrie mystery one day, I just know it), and this one from the ever enlightening Convivio Bookworks blog Book of Days.
Until next time, People. Again, thanks for hanging in there with me. I hope to get back into a more regular rhythm from now on.