Our family consists of me (Grammy); the love of my life for 51 years, husband for 48 (Grampy); 2 daughters (L and R); 2 sons-in-law (B and D); 6 wonderful grandchildren (S, B, R, C, L and A); brothers, in-laws, cousins and 1,000s of ancestors.
I can hear you all (especially you sons-in-law) saying, “Why does the most technically inept woman on the face of the planet want a blog?” Good question. I’m in over my head, I’m sure. But grandson S, my ‘tech guy’ set this up for me, so with his help, I’m going to try.
Photo: Jan 1964. We're 21.
Reverse Family Tradition
In writing for the Internet, I have many great family examples to follow. In fact, it’s a reverse family tradition. Five of my descendants and a son-in-law write and speak actively on the Net.
* One son-in-law’s blog has run for over 3 years. A blog reviewer wrote this about it: Distilled news, funny anecdotes and images, all with an optimistic and practical viewpoint. …enjoy his regular blogging and thoughtful insights. His anecdotes paint a picture that you easily get lost in.
* Daughter R, as part of her job, writes and publishes an on-line and printed newsletter each month.
* Grandson S has several clever, hilarious (just like him) videos on YouTube and an amazing (also like him) blog.
* Granddaughter B has had an intelligent, entertaining (just like she is) podcast for 3 1/2 years.
* Granddaughter C had an endearingly lovely, fun (just like her) 15-episode podcast with her witty Dad 3 years ago.
* Granddaughter L told her Dad that she wants a podcast after her next birthday.
* One son-in-law and the 4 oldest grandchildren Twitter regularly, 3 speak Utterz and one or two of them Twinkle.
I hope I haven’t left anything out. The only lack I see is theirs don’t have corny jokes, but I intend to make up for that!
In each blog post I plan to write about some of the following:
Olden Times (Grampy’s stories)
Featured Relative(s) of the Month (birthday celebrants)
Riddle of the Day (for the kid in all of us) Riddle at the top, answer at the bottom.
Here’s today’s: What can run all day and never get tired?
The Wayback Machine (step in and travel back in time)
The Good Old Days (poems, etc) See below for the first.
An Ancestory (an ancestor story)
The Good Old Days
Remember When (author unknown)
The milkman used to go from door to door
And it was just a few cents more than going to the store.
The mailman knew each house by name and where things were sent
There were no loads of mail addressed “to present occupant”.
When the music that you played whenever you wanted jive
Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five.
The record player had a post to keep them all in line
Then the records would drop down, playing one at a time.
For 20 cents a gallon you could travel near or far
In fact, across the country in your $2000 car.
Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun.
How can you explain a game, just kick the can and run?
And boys would put baseball cards in bicycle spokes,
And for a nickel red machines sold little bottled Cokes.
Life then seemed so much easier and slower in some ways,
I love the new technology but miss those good old days.
So time moves on, and so do we, and nothing stays the same
But I sure love to reminisce and walk down Memory Lane.
Riddle answer: water, also a clock (thanks, L!!)