She Had a Life Before Me?

I love it when I get comments from kids who see photos of their parents before they were parents. I got an email in March about a story about St. Francis Hospital manger Patricia Foster: “I am Patricia’s daughter and just ran across your blog’s highlight on my mother. The photography is spectacular. It is magical seeing your parents before you rolled into their lives.”

Mother before I came along

Like Miss Foster’s daughter, I’m fascinated by old scrapbook photos of my parents. Here, on Mother’s Day, is a short photo gallery of some of Mother’s pre-Ken days. She looks like a lot of fun. My Grandmother, Elsie Adkins Welch, was quite a woman, too.

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to move through the gallery.

6 Replies to “She Had a Life Before Me?”

  1. Wonderful shots of your mom. A few of your “Tower Rock” books are headed to Germany on Monday.

  2. Those old photos are a good look into what is for most of us an unknown part of our parents’ history. My mother’s family, the Grossheiders, were nearly notorious for the number of photos they took of nearly any occasion where more than two gathered. My cousins and I have many hundreds of photos from our parents’ past. I’d heard years ago that Alvin and Elsie Grossheider’s girls were considered quite a catch and the old photos seem to bear that out.

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