Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quick 180

One hundred eighty miles is the round trip from home to Chapman.  We made a quick round trip tonight to attend the visitation of my Dad’s first cousin.  She was 90.

Of course my Dad & Mom have passed, he would be 105, Mom 98.  Sadly, we are losing that generation. 

There are lots of relatives in the rural community where Dan and I grew up.  Around 150 years ago, immigrants from Switzerland settled in the area.  Both Dan and I have that background. 

We were reminiscing about family tonight when another cousin mentioned how my Dad pronounced her name.  When she said it, it sounded just like Dad.  Many in Dad’s generation had a distinctive way of talking. Probably a result of their younger years in homes that still spoke the Swiss “Low German” language.   Great memories.

When we left Chapman, we drove all the way to Junction City on Old 40 Hwy.  We talked about how much fun it would be to drive the old highway across the country, staying on the old road as much as possible.   The Wikipedia site linked above would be a good resource but even better would be our old 1950’s US map.  Maybe we’ll drive at least part of it one of these times.   Now, that would be a “bloggable”  trip.


Pablo said...

Take that trip, and then tell us all about it. (And then maybe I'll contrive a way to do it too.)

Anonymous said...

Kaylene told me that Marge has passed away. You are right, that generation is nearly gone. Sad. I always liked your dad's accent. Sylvie

Linda said...

Pablo--it's a trip that would take very little planning. Maybe we'll just up-and-do-it at least through Kansas & Colorado. Just because we remember actually driving it before I70. Damn, we're getting old.

Sylvie, Marge & Noreen were some of the youngest of our folk's 1st cousins so we interacted with them more. It was good to see Dick & Larry
and families.