Sunday, November 24, 2013

What Are You Most Thankful for?

I am most thankful for a happy childhood.

Grandmother and Grandfather Grieb, circa 1954. The lived in Lynnwood Gardens in Elkins Park, PA.
Dad, Jeff, Me in Ocean City, NJ.
Me and Jeff on Easter
Grandparents, probably AC
7613 Gilbert St. Philadelphia
My wonderful mother in a kitchen with no counterspace
Mother, me, Grandfather, Grandmother, Jeff

Mom and Dad

Probably at Fishers Pool.

Mom, Jeff, Dad

It used to snow in Philly. 1955 Chevy Belair in pink and gray
Birthhday-when all you did was eat cake and play pin the tail on the donkey
I never had a new bike but I loved this one.
Superman? Geez those fifties nylon costumes were lousy.
Ocean City, N.J.
Probably Atlantic City where we went on Easter. AC kept things open off-season.

What are you most thankful for


Anonymous said...

What great pictures. Amazing that our mothers and grandmothers did all that cooking without miles of granite countertops or an acre-sized center preparation island in the midst of a barn-sized kitchen! (However, that still doesn't preclude me from wanting those things.)

I'm most grateful for the fact that my parents--despite some health issues--are still with us, alert, aware, fully independent. I'm also grateful that my daughters are maturing into thoughtful, intelligent, compassionate young women.


pattinase (abbott) said...

And how I wish mine were still here.

Kieran Shea said...

Rockin' the OC shorebreak on that raft, my dear.

For the record, lots has changed but so much has not.

Jerry House said...

It is a chill and windy morning and I'm looking out my front window. The trees, mostly bare, are swaying gently and a single leaf lets go, floats and swirls gently to the ground. I have my morning coffee. The dog is sleeping on the other sofa. Kitty and I are relaxing, watching Joss Whedon's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Soon we'll go out and get the Sunday paper and enjoy it together, and in a few days we will be celebrating with friends and relatives. So I have to say that I am thankful for everything. Life is good.

Ron Scheer said...

Great family album. Thanks.

Charles Gramlich said...

Very lovely to see. I had a good childhood too.

George said...

Loved the photos! Such happy times!

Unknown said...

I have been around the world enough to be thankful for a life lived here.

And, on a more whimsical note, at my age, I am always thankful when I can poke my elbows to the side and not hit the sides of a coffin.

BTW, what a wonderful photo album. I wish had photos from my early days, but no one bothered to keep any. (I guess that doesn't sound so thankful.)

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Lovely pictures, wonderful memories, Patti! I'm thankful for all the time my father spent with me in my childhood and early youth. He introduced me to books, comics, movies, art, philately, bridge, and chess which he taught me when I was five.

Anonymous said...

Patti - I have way too much to be thankful for to list it all here. But one thing I am thankful for is that there is a here. Thank you for being a part of my book/music/film community.

Rick Robinson said...

I am thankful that I have had a mostly (auto accident was rough) trouble-free life.

I'm thankful for all of the natural world that still survives pristine.

I am thankful that I can read.

YA Sleuth said...

Love these pictures :-)

I'm thankful for the same: family, and a nice childhood. I hope my kids will say the same in the future...

Anonymous said...

Patti, once again my comment appeared and then was vanished, apparently as spam.

This is getting really old for me.

Jeff M.

Unknown said...

Jeff, I have a feeling Blogger is not as benign as Google would like us to believe. I have also had problems like yours; another problem is duplicate comments flooding my email in-box. Perhaps Blogger is becoming obsolete, and developers who have offered Twitter (as one example) are a few steps ahead of Google's Blogger.

Patti, have you also had problems with Blogger? I know the comment and question are off-topic, but is a bit hard to be thankful for a posting platform that presents its users with irksome problems.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Great pictures, Patti. We had very similar type ones, they are still in my father's house.

I'm thankful for reaching this advanced age in relatively good shape and for having everything we have. Who knew a decision made at age 22 (Jackie becoming a teacher) would make such a huge difference at 65? Believe me, every day I am thankful for the NY State pension system.

Jeff M.

Erik Donald France said...

Wow. I love these photos ~ amazingly cool.

Thankful to be alive, for starters.

Cap'n Bob said...

What a little cutie, and the family looks happy. I regret that all of our 8mm family movies got lost. I'd love to see them again.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I regret that neither my parents or we, as parents, had a movie camera. What a loss.