Sunday, December 12, 2010

A long time ago, in a blog far, far away…

 

A couple days ago, my youngest sister Courtney sent some photos our way from her life in Florida.  It was sort of a big deal, as she doesn’t have an email address, let alone a computer.  She said she plans to eventually, but it’s a reminder of how accustomed most of us are to staying in touch these days.  No one has seen Courtney since Dad’s funeral, ten years ago. 

My sister Courtney, 1977   

Seeing her face again though, especially at this time of year, reminded me of this early photo, one of my all-time favorites.   I used it several years back when I’d written a blog titled ‘Christmas with the Morris Family’, a pretty long-winded account of our farmhouse Christmas years (in the Seventies).  That blog is long gone from the internet now (well, hopefully) but to be honest, I’ve been half tempted to pull it back out & hang it up on the teepee again, like an old Christmas ornament. 

 

Courtney, today; I can’t believe she’s 35 years old, but she looks terrific

 

I don’t think it’d be fair to just do a cut n’ paste of the old blog though (besides, it was too long & in retrospect pretty boring) so instead I thought I’d just share a few of “My Favorite Farmhouse Christmas Memories” to get my teepee in the holiday spirit.  So without further ado…

 

 

1. Morning Mayhem—Mom, you never looked so good

 

Our beautiful mom with Donda & Shawn, Christmas morning, 1971

Mom scrimped and saved all year long for us, and had her shopping done by Thanksgiving.  We got her up at 5am and she still managed to look this good!   

 

 

2.  Nothing says “I love the Seventies” like this

   

I love this picture—Donda is pretty as…well, a picture and if you examine it close enough you’ll find a ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ doll, ‘Starsky & Hutch’ puzzle, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ board game & wait what’s on the floor beside her?   I’m not sure but it has ‘Welcome Back Kotter’ on the cover!  

 

 

3.  Holiday Smackdown from Grandma 

 

Dad & Grandma Morris, Christmas Eve, 1972.  We are truly blessed.  Not only is it Christmas tomorrow, but it's snowing heavily outside, Grandma is trapped here for the duration and being a Friday night, ‘Brady Bunch’ is on the tube.  

GRANDMA:  Oh no, we're not gonna watch this fool show are we...oh Lord have mercy.

DOUG:  Grandma, what the--

MOM:  May, I'm with you.  But these kids never miss it.

GRANDMA:  Oh I hate those foolish Bradys.  I really do.

DOUG:  GRANDMA!!

GRANDMA:  I'm sorry McDougall, but it's Christmas and those Bradys aren't wrapped too tight!

4.  You have your space, and I have mine

 

Here’s a picture of my brother Steve with his holiday plunder; when we came down those steps Christmas morning, we didn’t look under the tree—we looked for our section of the livingroom!  “Shawn your pile is the couch, left side!  Steve, yours is the big chair!”  If it was wrapped & under the tree, it could wait. 

 

 

5.  One picture says a thousand words—or fifty

My first Christmas with a big money gift

 

What can I say?  When you’re a fifteen year old getting a $4.00 weekly allowance, a fifty dollar bill was like winning the lottery!  Of course, Shawn’s earnest expression of happiness here (for me) is the best thing in this picture. 

 

 

Well, like I said--this is just a goofy sampling of those years.  As for now, I’m just happy to see my little sister Courtney again, and know she’s well.

 

Merry Christmas, Courtney

1 comment:

  1. Well, "Merry Christmas, Dougie"...I know it's almost summer, but I'm just now reading this! I'm so glad you think I look terrific, but did you have to spill the beans about my age? Ha Ha
    Just kidding...I tell on myself every year by announcing that I'm 29 for the (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th time), etc.! LOL

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...