Sunday, March 24, 2013

What Was I Doing 35 years ago Today?

Looks like we are in a midst of a snow storm and I am at 1515.

We had a little last night, and the cousins made it 
back safely to Indianapolis.

We had a Charleston Riot 
"field trip"planned
After much discussion we decided to trudge ahead since the 
bulk of the storm had not hit us yet.

Piled in the city van

1st stop was the Will Rogers under renovation
we are hoping to have our play about 
Dennis Hanks and the Riot here.

Still beautiful
the mirror in the lobby, I think of the faces that have looked into
it, my parents on a date, my Grandparents and even myself in 
my youth.

a new bookstore is opening and we stopped by
they are going to host our authors for book signings

looking over the site of where the Civil War Encampment
will be and the site of the Lincoln Douglas debate 
in 1858
oh no...starting to snow!

Better head home!
stopped for some lunch, cousin Sheryl barely got me home

heavy wet snow
and as I looked down the side walk to the steps a
memory flooded over me
the winter of 1978
My brother and I were going to college in Charleston
at EIU
we had a blizzard just 2 months after my father died.
So we stayed with Grandad at 1515
Jackson street was brick back then
the tires were frozen to the street
I remember my brother taking the tire iron and trying to free them
I can still see the Green Torino at the base of the stairs
Grandad spent the evening drinking his Sprite, rolling around the
dining room in his wheelchair, filtering through old papers and pictures.
1515 always brings a flood of memories

This one was verified when I heard them say on the news
"35 years ago today, we had another snow storm on
March 24, 1978"
I knew just where I was.............

In the arms of 1515
just like I am tonight


NanaDiana said...

What wonderful, and bittersweet, memories. I am glad you got your trip in before the storm though. Imagine that- tires frozen to the street-xo Diana

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What a neat story!
I loved the pics too, so very interesting and fun to see.
Have a great week,

Rose H (UK) said...

You always write such interesting posts Ann. As NanaDiana said bittersweet memories indeed.
What was I doing 35 years ago today?
Getting married!
Have a wonderful week dear friend, stay well and warm.
Rose H

Susie said...

Ann, We got a big snow yesterday also. It came in two rounds.The first almost melted away before the second came through. But it is enough. Stay safe and warm. Spring will be here in just a few days...I keep telling myself this:):) xoxo, Susie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love this post about your trip down memory lane. Great pictures!!

★Carol★ said...

I'm so glad we only got a dusting, instead of the 3-6" they were talking about. But when there is a snowstorm, there's no place like home! Loved this sweet post, Ann!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Love your snowy pictures. Just beautiful. Just like your wonderful recollection of a time passed. Stay cozy!

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore that you took "the cousins" on a sneak peek at your upcoming event!!!
The story of you, your brother and Grandpa at 1515 made me just a tad bit misty~eyed!!! Great memories, indeed!!!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Love your pictures. You always have such interesting places for us to see.
Isn't it interesting how various weather events anchor forever in our minds the events that are taking place in our lives, like bookmarks in the pages of our memory.
I remember the late 1970's as having a lot of snow. Before the late 1970's, snow was fun. I was a kid. In the late 1970's, as a young married woman, having to get back and forth to my first job, snow had suddenly become "not so much" fun.

Anonymous said...

I love your beautiful snow but I'll bet you're tired of it. I always love your posts! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Unknown said...

Love the pics of your sweet , enchanting house and Love Greta !!!

sweetvintageofmine said...

Mornin' Ann, I LOVE to hear your stories about family and friends. It's a shame your street doesn't have those bricks... (of course, not the tires frozen to them!) And the Will Rogers theatre, WOW, love that History! My husband and I take little road trips to small towns...would love to see that! What city is this? Thanks, enjoyed my day out with you! Blessings~~~Roxie

Perfectly Printed said...

What fun memories!! It looks like you had a ton of fun with your family!


Curtains in My Tree said...

what a great trip and you did get home just in time to be snowed in almost, I really enjoyed being home in the snow coming down

your so lucky to have your childhood home

Unknown said...

What a winter wonderland, though, its very chilly to stroll outside.
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