This is my family; Charlotte, Daddy, Debra, Momma and me. This picture was taken in the summer of 1972 at my Maw McDonald's house. I don't know what I was thinking 1) with that haircut and 2) wearing a horizontally striped top?!!! I was 14 when this picture was taken. Where does the time go?
When I look back at this picture, I think how happy we were as a family. My sisters and I were so blessed in that our parents were always together. As a matter of fact, Daddy always told Momma "Momma, if you leave, pack my bags too. I'm going with you."! We were so secure in their love for each other, for us and most importantly, for the Lord Jesus. What more can a kid ask for?!
About one year after this picture was taken, I met Terry. When I look at this picture, I think that Momma and Daddy must have been missing a link in their brains to let me start dating him when I was so young! If I had a 15 year old daughter, I don't know that I could let her walk out the door with a strange boy. You see, Terry and I met on a blind date! I, nor my parents, had ever seen or heard of him before he showed up at our front door that Saturday evening!
Daddy and Momma were younger in this picture than I am now! I can barely comprehend that. Daddy turned 40 in November after this picture was taken and Momma was only 33. I think how young they look and then I realize, they WERE young! And yet, they were so dependable, so steady, so solid. I wonder if I was that 'grown up' when I was 33?
Everything Daddy and Momma ever did was with us first and foremost in their mind and heart. Were they perfect parents? Certainly not! But, they were darned near it! Of course, you would have had a hard time convincing me of that at the time of this picture! You know how teenage girls are!
It was such a simpler time, before boys and dating and all the trials parents and their teens go through. A happy time to enjoy each other before the struggles set in! They grew to love all three of their sons-in-law as much as they love us and their sons-in-law love them. We've been truly blessed as a family, so much more than we ever deserved, but are so very thankful for.
I hope you have enjoyed my walk down memory lane. Come back next Tuesday and we'll walk again. Have a great day and God bless you!