It’s been a difficult year for my family, moving my mom into a nursing home after Daddy could no longer take care of her at home. But she’s doing well, my dad has moved to be closer to her, and we’re adjusting to a new normal. A couple of weeks ago, my sisters and I talked our dad into taking us on a drive to places from our childhood in Kansas and to the places where he and our mom grew up and where they dated and fell in love. They’ve been sweethearts ever since they were eight years old and Mothe saw Daddy sitting on a fence showing off. (We call my mom “Mothe”…short for Mother).
We started with lunch at City Sundries Soda Fountain in Marquette, KS where my dad grew up. This is the same malt shop he frequented as a teenager, still in business!
The building beside the soda fountain is where the movie theater used to be. Here, where my dad is standing is where the popcorn stand was. Daddy grew popping corn and sold it to the vendor, who was the father of the man my dad’s sister married.
We drove by beautiful farmland, and the places where Daddy lived and went to school and worked. Then we drove to the place where my mom grew up, and where my grandparents lived for many years. My dad’s brother lives there now. My uncle and aunt built a new home, but the place where my grandparents house stood is like a beautiful little park now, complete with the arched arbor between the hedges that I remember as a kid.
It was such a fun day, though bittersweet because my mom isn’t well enough to be with us. But we took lots of pictures (my sisters took most of the photos in this post) and we talked about Mothe a lot as we revisited old memories. And we made some happy new memories to carry with us.