Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers

I don't go in much for Hallmark holidays, but I do love my mother. I like old pictures too. This is my parents at their house in Madison, Wisconsin, before I was born. Aren't they adorable?


And here's an old snap of my father's mother, Dorothy. Pretty lady:


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  1. You look so much like both of your parents!

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    1. I wish the similarity was easier for me to see!

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  2. Okay, I officially feel old now. I don't know the exact dates of the pictures, of course, however I've been in Madison a few times over the years, and I'm thinking it's quite possible I was there at some point while your parents were living there. I definitely hung out there with friends who would have been about the same age your parents were.

    I don't know if you've ever been to Madison -- it's one of the great college party towns of the universe.

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    1. I'm not sure when the photo was taken -- my parents were married in 1970, and they had my brother in '77 (he was born in Madison). They moved back to El Paso before I was born in '79. I've never been up there -- to Wisconsin or most of that part of the Midwest, though I have been to Chicago several times.

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    2. I was in Madison twice in 1977, a few days each time, in February for a political activism event (which took place during the week of Fasching, basically the German version of Mardi Gras, involving drinking as much beer as possible in a week), and then again Memorial Day weekend that year to visit a friend who lived there.

      I've been back to Madison I think three times in the years since, each time to visit various sets of friends who were living there at the time.

      If you ever get the urge to come to this part of the country, I can especially recommend the north shore of Lake Superior -- from Duluth, MN, northeastward to Grand Marais (about an hour from Canada). The shoreline is wild rugged ancient rock, with deep forest sloping up westward away from the lake. Occasional small towns, resorts, several state parks, etc. I recommend it in the summer -- winter it tends to get a bit arctic there. * A couple of science people I know have told me that the granite and basalt along the north shore of the lake are among the oldest exposed rock on earth (ca. 2 billion years old). I have truly felt the ancientness of the place when I've been there.

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    1. When I was 16 my mom and I went to Stratford, Ontario to see some Shakespeare. At the hostel this young bearded guy who played acoustic guitar kept coming on to my mom. She deflected his attentions, but I suspected that they weren't entirely unwelcome. I wondered if I'd have to pillory the guy with his sound hole.

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  4. Madison has a great reading series called The Monsters of Poetry if you're ever looking for a reason to visit the town, which is lovely: http://monstersofpoetry.org/Upcoming.html

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    1. I don't usually go looking for reasons to travel because I don't have that much expendable income, but thanks for the tip!

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  5. Compare the body language of the women in the two photos. It's unimaginable, I think, that your grandmother would ever pose with her hands like that. It's a very 70s pose.

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