Friday, March 12, 2010

Lazy River

I wanted to thank you all for your kind words of encouragement over the last few days. They have meant a lot. I hope you don't mind if I take a day or two here to reminisce about my dad, and then on Sunday we get going again on the old pictures.

This is one of my favorite pictures from my childhood. When I was growing up, we would spend every summer on the River. We had a little airstream trailer, and we would move the trailer to the South Concho River, and spend the entire summer camping out. Much of the summer was spent as shown in this picture, floating down the river on an inner tube with my dad, brother and my dog. It was a great way to grow up. Mrs. PJM and I have carried on the tradition as best we could. Ever since our daughter was born, some 20 years ago, we have spent every vacation on this very spot. During our vacations there, my mom and dad, brother and other family members would come down and see us every day. Many great memories.

17 comments:

  1. What an awesome way to grow up! So sad that today's kids too often do not get that kind of memory! I too have fond vacation memories of trips - mine are of trips to the Smokies!

    ReplyDelete
  2. It's great you've been able to keep the tradition alive. Good looking dog, what was his/her name?

    ReplyDelete
  3. PJM:

    What a wonderful photo - it’s a real-life Norman Rockwell scene!!! You are blessed to have those wonderful childhood memories to sustain you during the difficult times. And it’s great that you’ve continued the tradition with your daughter (who is the same age as mine).

    Which one is you in the photo?

    Having a strong, loving, and stable family is the most important thing in life. And it’s important that children grow up in a multi-generational household - it keeps them grounded and gives them a better perspective on life.

    My daughter is extremely close to my dad, who will be 95 in July. She comes home from college every single weekend to see him, and the two of them do their own thing. It’s the highlight of his week, and she says that he’s her best friend. We are in the process of selling our home and will be moving in with him. But my daughter has decided to move over there ahead of us - as soon as she gets out of school in May. She told me that she doesn’t want to wait until our house is sold and that she doesn’t want him to be alone. That really made me proud.

    I can’t believe you are even posting photos during this time - no-one would blame you if you took a few days off. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  4. PJM - I am sorry about your Dad and I am enjoying the memories. You had a wonderful childhood and wonderful parents. I still laugh over your Pony in the Kitchen. If I had been your Mom, well you wouldn't be able to walk yet.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Nothing like tubing on a Texas river, nothing! I would love to get my dogs in one but alas, I am not 1,200 miles aware from Texas.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is a wonderful picture!! Such fond memories

    ReplyDelete
  7. Grear picture!! Your Dad looks like he is having a good time, so does the dog!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Was your father a teacher? How could you spend the entire summer on the river otherwise?

    ReplyDelete
  9. We used to spend our summers at the "lake" and our cocker spaniel loved to sit with my little ole mama in the inner tube.

    Enjoying your memories.
    ~Mad(elyn) in Alabama

    ReplyDelete
  10. That picture brings back memories of floating down the Wabash river on tubes. Great post.
    Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  11. That is a great picture, although my first thought was, "Gee, that kid sure has hairy legs!" LOL

    ReplyDelete
  12. Looks like a really good childhood! I'am looking forward to see more "old" Pictures of you and your family ... you see - it's fine ... in one way, the photos are old too and they fit into this blog perfectly!

    ReplyDelete
  13. First off that is a awesome picture. I really think that is a great way to spend a summer. I too take my kids to the river over the summer. Its nice to get away from all the tv's, phones, and computers.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love the picture. Reminds me of past slow lazy summer days with my chldren on the water. Its wonderful how children, dogs and water make a lovely summer day special. Keep up the pictures and stories. I love them and you make family stuff important. Thank you. Again may peace be yours. lam

    ReplyDelete
  15. This is by far my favorite photo. i especially like how it is not posed but captures real life. thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  16. This is such a beautiful photo. How nice to live your childhood in these places...

    The moment the camera captured this scene, is very inspiring...

    ReplyDelete