This photo brings all sorts of memories for me. I don’t have many pictures in my Grandma’s yard. But this photo conjures all sorts of memories for so many reasons. I stopped to visit Grandma one day and Uncle Art (1921-2004) and Aunt Mary Coley (1918-2014) were visiting.
Uncle Art took a liking to my little 1955 International R-100 and asked for me to take him for a ride in it. He tried multiple times to convince me to sell it to him. I would just laugh and tell him he did not have enough money for me to sell it to him. Finally, he asked for a number and I threw out $5,000. He said, “Well, at least let me pay for the ride.” He had me pull in to the gas station and paid to fill it up. We probably drove for an hour, he just wanted to keep going.
Uncle Art or Aunt Mary took the photo. I think it says quite a bit for Grandma to lose her husband 23 years earlier but still to keep regular contact with her first husband’s Uncle and Aunt. I have later found out she was quite good at keeping in contact with most of his family even despite other marriages and the passage of time. I visited Clara McMurdie Coley in 2008, after probably 15 years since the last time I visited her (with Grandma), she commented that it had been quite some time since she had heard from Colleen. I then told her Colleen had died 9 years previously and her comment was, “I wondered why I stopped getting letters and visits”, yet she did not know Grandma had passed.
I still have the shirt. I wish I still had the shoes. I wish I still had the truck. I wish I still had Grandma. But this picture also points out a little joke between us regarding her height and mine. Hence the elbow on her shoulder.
I remember we enjoyed some ice cream with Uncle Art & Aunt Mary before I left. Uncle Art shook my hand, gave me some $$ for my mission, and wished me well. It is really the only memory I have of Uncle Art although I know I was around him more over the years. He had a fun laugh, a sense of humor, love of old trucks, and seemed like a good man.