Thursday, December 17, 2009

Theme Thursday - History


History, there it is, etched in the lines on my father's face. Living through the Great Depression, leaving home at 14, hitching rides on boxcars, marrying, joining the military, raising a family of four children, being away from his family in places like Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, owning his own business, retirement, watching his grandchildren grow and have children of their own, outliving his brother and sisters. From dirt floors to beautiful homes covered in tile, from no phone to cell phones and computers, from no radio to satellite TVs, from outdoor "plumbing" to homes with three bathrooms and "running" water...

His generation has seen so much and been through so much. They are living history and we owe them so much more than we can ever repay.

13 comments:

Stephanie said...

Amazing the changes one generation has lived through. Good post and great photo!

Colette Amelia said...

A great photo of a life well lived!

thanks for sharing!

Wings said...

I like history being the lines in the face, lines we earn. Not sure why some people want to erase all those lines!

Brian Miller said...

nice pic...and the history is etched there...and i imagine he could tell a story or two....happy tt!

JeffScape said...

Tom Brokaw doesn't call them the Greatest Generation for nothing!

willow said...

Your dad sounds like a great guy. I love the mellow lines in his handsome face.

Betsy said...

jeffscape took my thoughts...the greatest generation! Handsome dad you've got there! :)

e said...

A handsome man, lines and all, and a nice tribute to him.

Queenmothermamaw said...

I loved the comment about the Greatest Generation. I grew up during and remember the end of WWII like it was yesterday. I have been told I have very few lines in my face and I guess I am lucky but I sure have a full head of white hair and I have earned every bit of it.
QMM

Guy D said...

Lovely post, thanks for sharing.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Marites said...

that's really a nice tribute of your dad and his generation. A very nice photo of him too.

...mmm... said...

Truly, the greatest generation. he is handsome too and what a great tribute to a man you must be so awfully proud of. Wow. I love that.

subby said...

Agreeing with Colette and Wings on this. One dear lady I did know lived as she always had; sans anything modern...