"Step Into Christmas"
|I don't know why the photo did this!!!!|
So many memories when I look at this photo. Starting on the left my Mum, Anne would have been 42 years old, my sister, Joanne on the couch in the yellow housecoat would have been 18, my brother Bob, 15 years old and me in the front on the floor would have been 12.
My sister had moved out of the house that Summer and I missed her dearly. Even though we were 6 years apart we were very close. I was so happy she was back home, for a few days anyway.
As you can see our cats were a big part of our lives. Nothing ever happened in that house that they were not part of. Simon is in the box beside my sister while my brother is holding Sonya. The cats would have been 7 years old.
The wooden bowl on the coffee table always held clementines at Christmas. My brother would eat them copiously and we would find the peels stuffed between the couch cushions days later. The other bowls contained walnuts, chocolates and various other candies. My favourites were the hard raspberry candies we would buy at delicatessen that specialized in ethnic food. I am sure somewhere on the table is some Halvah too.
Even though the couch was probably only 5 years old that was the second coverings for the cushions. The cats had scratched the first covering so badly. It would be recovered one more time before the cats passed away.
The books in the shelf at my back were "Funk and Wagnall" encyclopaedia's. I believe they were purchased once a week at our local A&P. We lived a bit of a drive away from our library so through grade school they were well used. As we grew older they were relegated to the Rec Room downstairs and then eventually sold in a yard sale. I do wish I had kept a couple.
The cupboard at my knee held all our photo albums. We travelled a good bit and my Dad constantly took photos. He or my Mum would place them in albums and we enjoyed pouring over them.
Some of the items in the room Chuck and I now have. A lamp, the tapestry above my sister's head, a few of the bowls on the table. I still have the Sylvester Cat stuffed animal on the couch too.
This Christmas my Mum is spending it at my sister's with my brother and his wife. We don't see much of each other anymore and that does sadden me. My sister in law and I just don't care for each other. If you remember my siblings are married to siblings. My sister won't invite us to their Christmas celebrations as long as my brother and his wife are there and my sisters husband always invites his sister (my Brother's wife) to their house for Christmas. Very complicated situation!
Whatever you do for your holiday celebrations I wish you happiness.