Sunday, September 27, 2009

A Sunday Drive


This is a picture of my grandpa -- he's the little boy in the photo -- with his mom and dad and sister. I'm thinking it was taken around 1914 and I imagine they might be out for a Sunday drive. People used to do things like that, back when Sundays were a day of relaxation and family time. I remember taking an occasional drive with my family when I was a little girl. Most of the time we drove to see one or the other sets of grandparents for Sunday dinner. We loved going to either house.

My dad's parents' house (the house of the little boy in the photo when he was all grown up), was special because my brothers and I were the only grandkids. We loved the grand piano, which we could play if we were very careful, and there were always new coloring books or games to play with. It was a quieter environment than when we visited with my mother's side of the family. She was one of seven kids and there were 20 grandchildren. There was always a crowd of people and my grandpa's house sat on acres of land that held large gardens and chickens and ponies. There was a huge oak tree and beneath its branches the adults would gather, sitting in Adirondack chairs and at picnic tables, visiting and talking, while the kids ran amok. It was great fun.

Today, I was thinking of the places I like to visit in Blogland, places that make me feel right at home.

Gifts from the Sea, is a lovely, cozy blog that my Aunt Riz recently started. I think you'll like it and you will love her. Aunt Riz writes about her trips to Amish country, her love of the ocean, tea parties and all things that make a home. Drop her a visit and tell her I said "hi". I'm sure she'll have the kettle on:)

14 comments:

Country Dreaming said...

Hi Karen--

Cool post--I loved "going for a drive" when I was little and as an
adult I still do. Sometimes Ken
and I just jump in the car and
go for a "drive." I'll have to go visit your Aunt soon.

Melinda

Bee Jay said...

Sunday arvo drives were certainly a regular occurrence for DH and me as young marrieds. Many friends about our own age and married much about the same time visited each other frequently. No need to phone before you went - just popped in, slippers in hand - 'got the kettle on?' They were great days! I fear we are too sophisticated in many ways these days.
Blessings!

Jen said...

I love Sunday drives...we did this when I was little and we do it with our kids too. I love finding old country back roads and going....

Becky said...

How nice! I will head over and say "hey".

Kat said...

Hi Karen what a cute post. I love that photo and I have one similar with my grandfather. My husband and I still go on Sunday drives. I am off to visit your aunt. Thanks for sharing our old photo, I just love things that are old. Have a wonderful day in CO> How is the weather there today? Hug to you!

diana said...

i grew up taking sunday drives nearly every week. i remember taking the drives but i don't remember much about the drives.

i've often thought about these as we were raising our young kids. i always came to the conclusion that they would be bored out of their mind. they like road trips to far off places, but not shorter drives.

oh well. it was a different time back then.

Elle Bee said...

What a wonderful post and how cool that you have that photo. Going to check out Gifts from the Sea now. :o)
Elle

Elle Bee said...

PS You have a beautiful blog header.
Elle

Nezzy said...

I remember those Sunday dinners after church then a drive around the countryside. Now we are too hurried to get home to he TV God so Hubby will not miss a moment to NASCAR or the football game. Thanks for the memories of a time less rushed.

Ya'll have a wonderful day!!!

Trailboss said...

Love your header. So inviting!

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
THANK YOU, YOU ARE SO KIND GIVING ME SUCH A NICE WRITE UP. THERE WERE SO MANY BLOGGERS THAT PAID ME A VISIT, EVERYONE WAS SO NICE, I HOPE THEY VISIT MY BLOG AGAIN.
I REMEMBER SITTING UNDER THAT BIG WALNUT TREE, WE USED TO CRACK OPEN THOSE WALNUTS WHEN THEY FELL FROM THE TREE, AND YOUR GRANDMA MADE WALNUT CAKE. I LOVED THOSE DAYS TOO. UNCLE BILL AND I ALSO TOOK RIDES WITH THE KIDS. THEY WERE SUCH GOOD TIMES. THANKS AGAIN, YOU ARE A SWEETHEART.


LOVE AUNT RIZ

Dandy said...

A relaxing Sunday drive sounds fantastics. It seems my weekends are full of errands. I love that picture!

I gave you an award today on my blog!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Another wonderful post, I love how you write and segue one topic into another, it flows so well, Karen! And I love thinking of a slower, gentler time, when people honored the Sabbath and didn't treat it as another busy, hectic day, with things to do and nonstop action. :)

Love that your aunt is blogging, too cool!

Joyful said...

Hi,
Thank you for sharing your life with us. I rather enjoy it.
I am off to visit your Aunt.
Blessings,
Joyful