Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, Grossman, Personal History, Voss
Week 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won’t be found on any record 100 years from now.
Secrets Not (Family Gathering)
For every prompt you can write about the prompt or chose a topic of your own. This week I have chosen another topic : Family Gathering.
In June of 1971 I was finishing my first school year, it had had many ups and downs, professionally and personally. But it was coming to an end. I would not be returning to that job for the coming year, so I was heading home. My brother (Kenneth) and his family were back for a visit, and came along with my parents to help me pack up and move back to Kansas.
On our trip back through Iowa, one of the highlights was stopping to eat at an Amana Farm. We had a wonderful family style dinner of fried chicken and all the fixings.
Once we got back to Kansas it was time to gather the family. Many of our family gatherings were held at the Dipman place near Larned. At this gathering were:
Rudolf & Inez my parents
Melba & Eugene their 7 children,
Kenneth & Billie and 2 children
Aunt Vada (my mother’s sister),
her son, Wayne and 2 or 3 of his children.
John and Eldred (my mother’s sister) and their families,
Danny & Vicki, their 2 daughters,
Dedria & Bob (I think Bob was there, but no picture) and Dari
Also invited was my boyfriend, Richard. I had not seen or talked tohim since April, when he had decided to break everything off (Another story). So I had no idea if he was coming or not. To my surprise he did show up.
Here are some photos taken that day. Of course I took them all so I am not in any pictures. Need to see if anyone else there has any pictures of the family gathering.
The weather cooperated, so we spent a great deal of time outside. We enjoyed sharing a meal, visiting and enjoying the family, and watching the kids.
This family gathering was also a turning point in my life. I came back to Kansas, found a new job for the next school year, continuing for another 37 years and renewed a relationship which eventually led to marriage and a family.
Treasure those Family Moments
You never know what the future will bring.
Put the picture of all the kids on Facebook, and several of them had memories of that day. What fun to have others add to the memories.
Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog (http://wetree.blogspot.com/) has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-personal-genealogy-history/).
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