Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Family Photographs - Post 27: Four Generations

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my own family collection:

This is one of the four generation pictures that I've found of my own family, and only scanned it at the July Scanfest. The persons in this picture are (from left-to-right):

* Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my maternal grandmother
* Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), my maternal grandfather
* Lori Seaver (1974-living), my first daughter
* Randall J. Seaver (1943-living), myself
* Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), my mother.

What I remember about this picture and setting was how happy my grandmother was to have a great-grandchild - Lori was her first. I remember how she cradled the baby and talked to her - probably the same way she cradled and talked to me when I was an infant. I just choked up after writing that - it's funny how the emotions for my grandmother are always on the surface - they aren't that way for anyone else.

The picture was taken in July 1975 in the backyard of the house I presently live in in Chula Vista CA, looking northwest. The Scotch pine tree in the background is long gone, but the beige brick wall is still standing. We moved into this house in April 1975, and with a fairly large back yard we enjoyed hosting the family get-togethers. I think that my wife, Linda, took this picture, since it is in our collection, although it might have been taken by my father, since I have quite a bit of my parents' photo collection also.

1 comment:

DearMYRTLE said...

Simply incapable of a "wordless" post? Got a kick outta that!