If you've been following my blog for any time then you know one thing for sure about me and my beloved, we both ended up in Vancouver. Dick arrived in Canada from Germany in '54 and about two years later his family settled in Vancouver. I was born in Winnipeg and when I was under two, moved to Vancouver.
A little known Motor Mouth Fact: When we left The Peg, as it is affectionately known, we travelled by train, and your's truly learned to walk on the train! That I feel accounts for why my feet turn outward when I walk, but that folks is a story for another day! We now return you to, Monday Memories....
Being true Vancouverites, all families at one time or another end up at Stanley Park. http://www.seestanleypark.com/ It's a wonderful place for families to go out and enjoy, to play and to relax. There are vast green spaces for picnics, and games. There was the zoo (not there any more); the beautiful rose garden; Prospect Point; standing over the causeway to watch the traffic head North over the Lion's Gate Bridge; to eat fish and chips; of course the seawall, which you can walk around the entire park; and in my day and age, even Sun Free swimming lessons which both my beloved and I took there. That pool has now been converted to a water park! So it follows that a few pictures were taken of our families at the very same park.
I often wonder as I look at these pictures, (these and others not shown here) if, we might not have actually been lounging on blankets or scarfing down ice cream cones within feet of each other. I really hope that may have been the case. Can you tell I'm a romantic at heart? I mean afterall, 14 and 17 just wasn't early enough to meet!
I love this picture of me and my Daddy. Quite obviously my beloved wasn't at the park that day, he'd still be swimming in the Badeanstaldt (swimming pool across from his house) in Germany! Dad really hated picnics but for our sake, after a busy week that probably included shiftwork, mom and dad took us to Stanley Park anyway! I see the three sticks on the ground and I wonder if Richie and Maddie and I collected them. I also see a dolly. I wonder whose it was, mine or Maddie's. Such great parents, I was blessed with. Circa: 1948
Isn't this a great shot of my future husband and his family? This was likely taken at Totem Park. Next time we go, I must check to see if this totem pole is still there and if it is, I want to have my picture taken there with my beloved. He can probably still clamber up to that perch, but I won't be, I'll be standing on the ground smiling up at him! Circa, 1955
Now cut ahead a generation and here is my beautiful mom taking my sweet little niece, her Granddaughter, Erika to Stanley Park. My sister-in-law took the picture. If you parked there today, you'd be heading to the aquarium, but at the time this picture was taken, they would have been heading off to the zoo. Mom is standing beside our Crown Imperial, the same car that took me to church to marry my beloved in '67. Circa: 1966
Another little known Motor Mouth Fact: Wow, you are getting two today! You know the little girl sitting on the totem pole opposite my beloved? Well, the sweet little girl in the stroller is her little darling. That little girl on the totem pole as it turned out, married my brother!