Thursday, November 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday - November 12, 2015

Today, we have a couple of pictures of my paternal great-grandparents...  John and Mary Lee.  This one was taken mid to late-30s...  my best guess based on the cars.  John in the center with Mary on the right in the light coat.  Sadly, I don't know who the lady is in the dark hat.

This portrait of John was taken in 1943.  I never knew my great grandfather; he died before I was born.  But my Grandmother Charlotte told a very interesting story about her dad...

John & Mary bought a cabin in Metcalfe Bay, right across the street from Big Bear Lake in California.  It was a small, lovely little cabin - maybe 500 square feet total. You walked through the front door into the living room with a fireplace at one end.  Through the doorway at the other end of the living room was a tiny kitchen with an eating area.  I remember the table in the eating area sat all of three people. There was a small 3/4 bath off the kitchen. There was also a ladder along the side of the living room going up to the loft; it was divided into two sleeping areas, each of which was full to capacity with a double bed.

The story goes that John loved to go up to the cabin and fish in the lake.  Yet every time he did, he would remark that he wished he had a speedboat so that he could get out farther in the water, or simply cruise around the beautiful, alpine lake on a sunny day.  "I wish I had a speedboat..."

John died of a stroke in 1946 (or so), never having gotten that coveted speed boat, and leaving a huge estate behind. The story always ended with, "So if there is something you really want, don't dream about it - go get it!  Don't be like my Dad."

Until next Thursday.....

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