Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Take Me Back Tuesday

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!


Lorrene said...

Isn't it funny how an old picture can conjure up so many kinds of feelings and memories. You look like a very happy family. Did that blind date not turn out well?

Pam said...

As the mom of a 16 year old girl, I don't think I would allow her to go on a blind date. But it seems that everyone felt safer when I was a teenager. However, it is wonderful how everything worked out.
What a sweet tribute to your parents. I know my daughter doesn't think I know much right now, but maybe when she is older I will be smarter again. lol

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Dianne, how fornuate you were to have the love of a sweet family like this. You were truly blessed.

Samantha said...

Such a sweet walk down memory lane, I love that picture, I love how pictures bring back such precious times.
Love ya !

Anonymous said...

I love these pictures and posts! love them!!!

The Raggedy Girl said...

What a wonderful remembrance of your family.

The Raggedy Girl

Denise said...

Your family sounds wonderful. I think it is great that your parents were so in love & such a wonderful example for you & your sisters.

I think it was definitely a different mentality then, I know even growing up in the early 80's I had way more freedom as a teen than I would ever think of giving my teens today.

A Joyful Chaos said...

What a sweet post.
Thanks for sharing.

Brittany said...

This is such a lovely story. You were a blessed young lady!

Ann from Life at Ann's suggested that I check out your blog. Evidently, we are both widows. It is such a strange sorority. We all have different stories, but it is the same hurt.

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Terry said...

just great diane,
i don't think your hair looks so bad...i am much older than you and when i was the age you were in this picture, we used to tease our hair all up and it looked like a bird's nest on our head...yuk!
the sad thing about this is looking back in the old yearbooks and seeing the mess we made of ourselves..
looking forward to next tuesday and your walk down memory lane diane...

oma aka meme said...

you painted a picture for me with your words--
yes- when I think that my parents let me go out with an older man--LOL- he was 27 and I was near 18 and
now if Miss Ashley found an older man - Meme would have a fit-- sigh- those were good days
hugs from Meme

Constance said...

I was a HORRIBLE teenager to my Mom and stepdad! Seriously! I have spent the last 30 years apologizing to them for putting them through such torment! They are always gracious and never bring it up so maybe it's finally buried in the past!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

This is a very sweet picture and post.