In my family the month of May means numerous celebrations.
In addition to Mother’s Day, there are birthdays and anniversaries.
One of the noteworthy events is my dad’s birthday, which is being celebrated today.
As I mentioned in my post Journey, my father’s parents followed the harvest in order to support themselves.
As a result, the family was living in Hanover, New Mexico at the time he was born.
Due to the due to lack of a hospital in Hanover, he was born in Silver City.
The year was 1929.
In addition to New Mexico, he lived in Mexico and California.
He was stationed in Germany where he was a training instructor.
He and my mom were married when he was on leave from the service. (More on Mom and Dad in an upcoming post!)
Once his tour of duty was complete he returned home to my mom and to brother, who was born when my father was overseas.
When he returned from the service he also had the opportunity to attend college.
I remember even when I was in high school and college he was always studying, reading, learning.
Over the years my dad had a number of hobbies and passions.
He grew the most amazing orchids (cymbidiums) and roses.
He also loved photography.
When my father retired he asked my brother and nephew to set him up with everything he needed so he could scan family photos.
These may have been photos he took or, photos he had in his possession.
I can’t even imagine the number of hours he spent scanning, cropping and uploading.
A few of those pictures were taken more than a century ago.
Last year I asked if I could get a copy of his library.
Looking at all the photos has given me hours of enjoyment and memories.
If you’re familiar with my blog you know that many of my posts are about my family history.
The photos from my father’s library have been the primary basis and inspiration for these stories.
On a couple of occasion I’ve called my father and asked him if he can fill in the blanks about the story behind the pictures.
I couldn’t have written some of these posts without him.
In many respects I feel that I share this blog with him.
I’m delighted that all the photos my father compiled can now be shared with so many people.
Even though we are celebrating his birthday, he is the one who has given an incredible gift to his family: a gift of his time, his talent and his history.
Happy Birthday, Dad!