We rode the train to Little Rock and flew back to Amarillo. Lynda recently told me that she was extremely nauseated on the train. She was "ok" as long as she didn't look out the window. However, everything I saw (horses, cows, houses, rocks, you name it), I yelled "lookie, lookie" and she would forget and look out the window, thus another run to the bathroom. Thank you, Lynda, for not dropping me off at the first stop!
Oh my goodness, how things changed once I stepped on Arkansas dirt. All of the sudden, I was the ADORED child, as you can tell by looking at these pictures. Not only did I have TWO sets of grandparents at my disposal, I had Aunt Ann (the diary giver) and Uncle James (my mother's brother) to dote on me. Score! Oh, and the REALLY sweet part? I was the first grandchild on both sides of the family. Double score!!
Adored - synonyms: be crazy about, be nuts about, be smitten with, cherish, dote on, flip over, treasure.
Yes, I was all of these and more!
As I was scanning these pictures, I noticed familiar writing on the back of each picture. It was Granny's way of keeping up with how many copies she needed to have made and, of course, who to send them to. Most of them have the following notes:
6/2/62 (Granny's pictures were ALWAYS dated)
H & E
P & C
O & P
V & T
JK & JA
MJ & D
So, she ordered 7 copies and sent them to all of her siblings (Helen, Paul, Polly), to my other grandparents (Vance & Tennie), to my Uncle James and Aunt Jo Ann, to Mary Jo and Don (my parents), and to Cairo (Aunt Winnie and Grandma Essie...my Dad's grandmother and his aunt).
with Granny Croft
with Aunt Ann
with Granny Croft, again
with Ann and Granny
Me, after (obviously) soaking up some much-needed attention!