Tilles Park in St. Louis, Missouri (October 1991)
The birthday girl is grinning in the left corner of the photo. Heidi was celebrating her 5th birthday on our first visit back to St. Louis after moving to Oklahoma. She and her good little buddies were eating hotdogs that her daddy had grilled and drinking lemonade from "carousel cups" with lids like circus tents.
Her dear grandma and grandpa as well as great-grandma were attending. Even her 83 year old babysitter, Nana and teenage sitter Anne had come to celebrate. Then surprise! A truck arrived pulling a trailer....pony rides! Everything seemed absolutely perfect on this warm fall day...until Grandpa Z tripped when chasing a Nerf football ...and broke his arm.
Mom's Picnic List
In honor of my mother on the first Mother's Day since she has passed, I dedicate a new list... Mom's Picnic List!
Mom loved picnics and she raised her kids to appreciate the simple pleasures of food, family and friends in the great out of doors.
I will spend a year reflecting on as many past picnics as I can remember. But, I'll also
appreciate the here and now by creating new picnic experiences. My goal is to share at least 60 picnic memories, since that's how many years Mom was a mom!
Let the picnics begin!