Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dad NEVER forgot

This is a Kelsey, Flora Story. Pictured is Kelsey on the left, now age 18 and Flora is on the right, now 2 & 1/2.
While visiting Marty, Amy, Flora and Charley I was reminded again what Dad remembered even the last weeks before he passed away. He was in ICU in Nevada Hospital, I think it was March 20th, 2008, we all were visiting, Dad looked at Galen and was talking to him about Kelsey going to college, and how smart her, Carter and Conner was and what good kids they were.
He then ALWAYS said and this would make him laugh, "I will never forget what Kelsey told me about her Daddy driving, she was in the back seat in her car seat, could not have been more than 2. Galen, me and Kelsey were in the car and Galen was driving, Kelsey said "My Daddy drives to Fast!" Dad NEVER forgot what she said and I heard it numerous times over the next 16 years.
While visiting Marty, Amy, Flora, Charley and I got into the car one day to head to the park, Flora said to her Mommy, "Don't drive to fast" I instantly remembered Dad's story about Kelsey. I am so glad the simple things in life make us happy! Dad and Mom Loved their Grandchildren and talked about all of them constantly. A visit from us "kids" as they called us and the grandkids was the highlight of their life!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

30 Moves

The picture to the left (Carol Burnett Cleaning Lady) is pretty much the way I looked after the last 2 days I have been helping Andrew move out of his apartment where he has lived the last year. It's funny how young people live in their houses, condos, apartments and dorms and NEVER clean them!!(believe me in Real Estate Sales I have seen a lot of how people live!)
These same young people want to save the planet, recycle and live Green? Little do they know how they are living in their own space could be a danger to their health and the planet! And if those Dust Bunnies ever got out of the house they could just destroy the earth!

Moving is hard but harder is cleaning the bathroom scum, trying to find the kitchen counter top?? and chasing dust bunnies the size of real bunnies! All in an effort to get the rental deposit back.
I spent 16 hours total and when I came home I felt like a Mac Truck had ran over me!
Every time I move or have helped either Marty, Andrew or my Parents move, I say the same thing "I hate moving and I AM NEVER GOING TO MOVE AGAIN!" So I sat down and calculated my many moves listed below.

  1. 1960 age 8 helped Mom and Dad move from Cherry St. to Main Steet

  2. 1969 1st marriage, moved from Nevada Mo (Wooter St.) to Kansas City Mo (S. Ash St)

  3. 1969 Moved from Kansas City Mo (S. Ash) to Nevada (N. Cedar St.)

  4. 1970 Moved from Nevada Mo to Booneville Mo (Suunyside Trailer Park)

  5. 1971 Moved from rented trailer in Sunnyside Trailer Park to 10x50 trailer (bought new $2,800.00)

  6. 1971 Moved the trailer to Fulton Mo.

  7. 1972 Moved the trailer to Bolivar Mo.

  8. 1972 Moved the trailer to Trenton Mo.

  9. 1972 Moved the trailer to Carrollton Mo.

  10. 1974 Sold the trailer (THANK GOD!) moved to Chillicother Mo.(rented house on Bryan

  11. 1976 Moved to Blue Springs (rented house S.E. 22nd St)

  12. 1978 Moved to Palo Park, Blue Springs

  13. 1981 Moved to 308 S.E. 2nd Blue Springs

  14. 1987 Moved to 3121 Victoria Ln. Blue Springs
  15. 1989 Moved Marty to Columbia MU
  16. 1991 Moved Marty out of Apartment stuff back to KC, Marty to Colby, Waterville ME

  17. 1993 Moved to Apt. in Indep Mo

  18. 1993 Moved to 105 Palmer St. Blue Springs

  19. 2003 Moved to Westport KC Apartment
  20. 2003 Moved Mom and Dad from Nevada, Mo to Lee's Summit, Mo.
  21. 2003 Moved personal belongings to my parents house Lee's Summit
  22. 2004 Moved The Madison KC Condo
  23. 2004 Moved Andrew into The Gallery Condo
  24. 2005 Moved Andrew out of The Gallery Condo to Madison & Storage
  25. 2006 Moved Andrew from Madison & Storage to Apartment 4012 Warwick
  26. 2006 Moved Mom and Dad from Lee's Summit to Nevada, Mo.
  27. 2008 Moved to 46 Jefferson Condo
  28. 2008 Moved Andrew out of Apartment 4012 Warwick to Lawrence
  29. 2009 Moved Andrew to Portland OR
  30. 2010 Moved Andrew back to KC

Friday, September 19, 2008

One of Andrew's weekly letters to Papa & Grandma Brittingham

Again, while cleaning old pictures and cards from Mom and Dad's house I found this little letter they saved from Andrew age 10 at the time. Andrew had a Creepy Crawler Super Oven

Creepy Crawlers Bug maker Oven, They Ooze in, But Crawl Out! - The Classic is Back! Create up to 50 Bugs with your Bugmaker Oven. Enter the laboratory and craft a new crew of creepy crawlers. Pick the pattern of every inch of every inchworm and...(read more) Manufacturer's

When Andrew (& Marty when he was little) wrote a letter to Papa and Grandma, they would write a letter back and include a dollar bill! (This really was a "bribe" from Papa and Grandma, but we never told Marty and Andrew) we just encouraged them to write to Papa and Grandma for they enjoyed their letters so much.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Old Post Card to Mrs Amy Evans 1913

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Old Post Card to Mrs Amy Evans 1913 From Selma

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Front of Post Card From Mom's Dad to her Mom Aug 17th 1928

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Post card to Grandma Evans from Grandpa Evans 1920's

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Old Post Card to Grandpa Evans 1943 From Robert Eugene

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Front of Post Card From Robert Eugene to Grandpa and Grandma Evans 1943

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Old Picture Post Card to Mom From to Swinging Babes!

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Back of Post Card to Mom From the 2 Swingin Babes!

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Card to Mom March 10 1942

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Front of Post Card to Grandpa Evans

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Post card to Grandma Evans from Grandpa Evans 1928

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Dad's Mug Shot When He Enlisted In The Navy 1941

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My 3 Son's

Yesterday I got the old pictures that June's daughter, Donna May had given to me to scan. WOW! A Lot of pictures of Mom as a young girl and teenager, those to follow in the next blog enteries. I was also amazed at this picture I had NEVER seen before! I love it! This is also the youngest picture of Grandma Brittingham I have ever seen! The boy's were in their early 20's, Vernon in the back may have been in his late teens? Of course nothing was written on the back of the picture nor was there a date. This was probably taken in the early 1940's? What a great picture of Mother and Sons! Grandma probably was in her late 40's?
Left to Right: Sherman Arthur, Grandma Brittingham, Vernon and Dad (Stanley Lee Brittingham) Dad kinda has that "Elvis" look don't you think?
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

I found this picture yesterday while cleaning my office. Of all things it was in my client file box? Dad gave me this picture to get enlarged sometime in 2006, after moving back to Nevada. I never got it enlarged or back to him. I feel bad now about not getting it done for him. When I would visit or talk to him on the phone he would say,"did you ever get that police picture enlarged"? Mom always told him he didn't need anymore police pictures! He did have a lot of pictures displayed in the living room.
This was when Dad was appointed Chief of Police in the early 1960's. This picture was in the Daily Mail newspaper. The gentleman in the suit is the City Manager, the gentlemen on the far right side by Dad is the janitors. The gentleman next to Dad on the left was Sterling James, he used to bring Dad home from his shifts on Cherry Street before Dad became Chief, we were always outside playing and Sterling would always give us nickels or dimes. Dad was proud of his force and insisted they ALWAYS be in proper uniform as he was.
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Today Was Mom's Birthday

I wanted to post happy pictures of Mom. She would have been 87 today. The first picture is in the living room at the Main Street house 1988, age 67. The other is Spring Street 1958, she was 37 with six kids! This picture taken by the Church reminds me of June Cleaver! She had her poka-dot dress on and her lace apron. She looks so happy! Mom loved her birthdays, except for getting older! She always was so happy to get cards, gifts, birthday cakes and sometimes Barbara would make her a birthday pie! And most of all she loved visits and phone calls from the kids who could not visit her and Grandkids especially! Mom would always tell me on her birthday how old she was, she would say "Kaye, I'm 86 years old! I would say, Mom you don't look it! She would smile and say you have to have "Fortitute" when you get this old. I miss my Mom. She was an Angel!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dad & Mom's FOREVER Thank You Card

Posted by PicasaWhile helping Andrew yesterday condense his belonging to move to Portland in Oct. Andrew found this card with my name on it along with several birthday and graduation cards from Mom and Dad. Before they got older Mom would sign the card and Dad would spend a lot of time unlining the verse, which in his way meant that he REALLY MEANT IT! Mom also said many
times she thought Dad was left handed? I believe that for he always had such a difficult time writing with his right hand.

He ALWAYS SIGNED HIS CARDS, LOVE FOREVER and he meant it! FOREVER is the word I will always associate with Dad. Even on their head stone we added the word "FOREVER" at the top of the stone over the date they were married.

Most technology savey younger people today do not do cards, which is a shame. They do text messages for special occassions or an email. These are not in a box to cherish nor around when you are all alone and just want to go through the special photos and cards that mean so much in the short life we live.

One of the things that made the passing of both Mom and Dad easier was going through the things they cherished, small things like the cards from us and the Grand Kids. They never stuck these away in a box they were in an album or stacked in their living room. I will never forget on one of their special occassions like a birthday or anniversary, they would set up all the cards on the kitchen table long after the occassion was over.