It was Forty Years Ago Today

“You don’t remember, I’ll never forget …”
Me holding Mark, Fort Knox, Kentucky – a Polaroid

May, 1976. Bicentennial baby!


My mom and dad with first grandchild, Mark. Philadelphia PA – July 1976

My mother was the exact age in this photo that  I am now. (63)
Quick, the photo albums with the sticky lines are ruining all the old photos!!

Young mother but oh, those glasses….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aunt Bobbie needlepointed that patriotic bear.
Anyone else have a plaid Herculon couch?


Two proud grandpas -Mark’s first  birthday! (or maybe the month after)


And I will title this one Jubilant

It seems one minute you have a baby-`

and then they become grown up with a family of their own!!



Happy fortieth birthday, Mark.  

love, Mom

 

 

(I never did embroider Fort Knox on this birth sampler I found, folded up in my dresser drawer recently)   Forty years goes by fast!!

2012

2013

2014

and there was the year I got you the gift you never got as a child

30 thoughts on “It was Forty Years Ago Today

  1. Ruth – This is fabulous! I love the timeline of photos. This is one of my favorites of all of your photo blogs. Coincidentally, my wife and I have a daughter who was born in 1976, and she’ll be 40 years old next month. Also, I really like the title “It Was 40 Years Ago Today.” Similar to the first line of the lyrics of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” except the Beatles lyrics were: “It was twenty years ago today.”

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    • Thanks Ken. Glad you enjoyed it AND got the reference in the title. That was my inspiration. You called it! Happy Birthday to your daughter, too.

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  2. Where did that time go? Happy birthday, Mark. Thanks for bringing your Mom and me together in a long,wonderful and special friendship. It all started with you!!!

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  3. Loved this walk down memory lane. You captured the pride all families feel at the birth of a special baby.
    We, too had almost the same plaid material on a couch. 😳
    You’re a great story teller, Ruth! Love your daily burst of cheer. Congratulations on raising such a terrific family.

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  4. Wow! It’s al been said …… but can’t say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARK too many times!!!! Hope you have a great day and your CAKE is terrific! 🙂
    Love to everyone! Erica Love the Sampler!

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  5. 1) We totally had a couch like that! And the woven lawn chair.
    2) You look a lot like your mom. So fun to see the resemblance.
    3) I had no idea your dad was a pastor/minister?
    4) AMAZING to see how Mark has grown from a boy to a man – with a stunningly beautiful family to boot.

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    • Thanks you for all your good thoughts. Same couch and chair, eh? My dad was an Episcopal priest. Yes Mark is a grown man with a beautiful family and it is astounding to me, how life whizzes by.

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