This is yet another picnic from Missouri in the 1970's. I'm guessing this is about 1974. Mom looks almost irritated. She did not like me snapping my camera.
My younger brother Dave looks mighty sporty, balancing that lid, like a party hat. He ignored the camera.
Mom, Dave and I picnicked a lot in the 70's. We always used a Styrofoam cooler for our sodas and cold cuts and salads. Dave is blocking the festive thing, that was covered with his artwork. We always made sure to pack a ballpoint pen along with our picnic food... so Dave could add one more cartoon to the cooler!
2 Weeks Old Today
The sun came out and the temps got up into the 50's! Heidi and Jamie decided it was time to get out and celebrate Baby Charlie's 2-week birthday!
She slept through her first walk in the stroller. She slept through our picnic of smoked salmon, cheese and apples.
Charlotte also slept through her little photo session with Mommy and Daddy.
One More Pic
Then Grammaloon insisted on getting a photo of the 3 generations! Then it was time to put masks back on and head to the car.
Little Charlie was a perfect picnic baby! But I have a feeling all Pandemic Babies are going to be a little extra special and "good"! Their parents have worked extra hard to make their world safe and they're going to enjoy it!
Sunday in the Park
When I ran across these images on old slides, memories came flooding back to me.
My family had just moved from Florida to Michigan. On one of the first weekends after moving, we packed up for a day of picnicking.
I'm so glad Mom took these photos, because this is what I remember about family picnics. We brought more than food!
Dad and Me
We brought games and books, drawing pads and frisbees. We lugged lawn chairs and coolers, blankets and table cloths. We brought our entertainment for the day.
I'm guessing Dad was about 45 in this pic. I was 16. We look very serious about our Yahtzee game.
I love seeing this and being reminded that this past October, I picnicked with my dad in Missouri. He was 92 and I was 63, but just like our picnic of many years ago... we lugged along much more than food!
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!