I am going old again, vintage if you will! But I love photos like these and they are phun for me . . . and check out more great photos at Candid Candie and join the phun!
This is a picture of my great-grandparents and my grandmother, taken around 1914. I love the outfits and it seems so strange to me that Meme (great-grandmother) was wearing a long skirt - I guess I always thought the style was shorter by then. And think how quickly the styles changed from 1914 to even the 50's, only35 years and how many inches of the skirt?
I knew my grandmother and have vague memories of my great-grandmother.
There are no memories of my great grandfather, though. In fact my dad nor his sisters have memories of him either.
The reason is because he disappeared several years after this picture was taken. Headed off to work I guess, and never came home and was never seen again.
But that was the end . . . The beginning started in a cornfield in Kansas. In the late 1800's a local farmer and his wife headed out to their fields. Gypsies had been camped along edge but had broke camp and moved on out. But they forgot somethin, they left behind a baby. That baby was my great-grandfather, taken in by the farmers and raised as their own child.
I often wonder if wonderlust is genetic. Could he no longer fight the urge to travel? Did he not feel like he belonged? Did he have something to hide? Did something unkind happen to him?
I like to think that wonderlust took over and he set out to see the glories of the world around us. Romancing it all, I like thinking I might have Romanian Gypsy blood. Don't get me wrong, life was not the easiest for those he left, and nothing romantic living through the abandonment, but my great-grandmother was resilient and moved forward living a long life. I am proud to have that "I am woman hear me roar" trait in me too.
No, Meme never did hear from him or receive news of him from anyone else. All that remains, to us, is this photo, the story of a cornfield and the still mysterious disappearance - never explained.