Monday, December 22, 2008

Memories of Christmas Past (Part 4): 1983, Baby on the Way!

Christmas of 1983 was a joyous time. Tim and I were going to be parents! We were expecting our first baby in late February.

1983 had been a very good year. Tim got a much better job selling computers and software to insurance agencies. His sales territory was the entire state of Kansas, so he had to travel a lot. That was the only drawback. He usually set out on Monday mornings in our little Pontiac T1000 that we bought in the spring. He was normally back home by Thursday night.

Mother had moved to Wichita. She thought a change would help her following Daddy's death. She was thrilled that at the age of 59, almost 60, she was going to be a grandmother.

Just before Thanksgiving we moved into a new home on the outskirts of the city. A one and a half story, it was in a new neighborhood, had charm, and offered room for a growing family.

My brother, Mark, came to visit at Christmas. We had a real tree at last! An eight foot one that we decked out in new tinsel and, best of all, some new ornaments that hinted at our impending arrival. Mother and Tim were rooting for a boy. Mother bought three special ornaments: a toy soldier, a blue sled, and a blue block. I have the toy soldier and baby block to this day.

There was a fireplace in our new home. Oh, was I excited about that! I had never lived in a house with a fireplace. Tim's mother bought me a beautiful antique rocking chair which we placed by the fireplace. I nurtured visions of rocking our baby by the fire.

We hung three stockings over the fireplace: a big one for daddy, a medium one for mommy, and a tiny one for our baby on the way.

Tim's gift to me that year? A bicycle! He wanted to be sure that I got back to my original shape after the baby was born - LOL! On Christmas morning he insisted that I mount the bike in our living room. I couldn't begin to balance it!

What a special Christmas that was! We knew the new year was bringing us great joy!



Our new home as it looked when we first bought it: 10123 Carr, Wichita, Kansas


Mark and me playing "Chopsticks." Can you see the stockings and the bike in the background?
I love this picture of Mark and me at the piano. Not only because you can see how much fun we were having, but also because Mother's laughing reflection is in the mirror.






5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is amazing how much Brock looks like Bro. Mark!! Also I LOVE your maternity top in the middle picture _Nina

Susan said...

Thank you, Nina! I loved that maternity outfit.

Yes, Brock looks so much like Mark, doesn't he?

Anonymous said...

SUSAN I ENJOYED THIS SO MUCH.BRINGS BACK SOOOO MANY HAPPY MEMORIES .YOU NEED A PICTURE OF YOUR DOGS IN THE BACK YARD AND THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH WHERE YOUR MOTHER LIVED .I THINK OF THE GOOD TIMES SHE AND I HAD.LOVE YOU

Anonymous said...

What special memories! Everyone loved your mother and everyone LOVES you!!! Brittany C. Brewer

Susan said...

Thank you, Brittany! And I love you! You are special to me. And your mom too.

Mother was a neat lady wasn't she. In February it will be 10 years since her death. I can't hardly believe that much time has gone by since I've seen her. But I know I'll see her again! :)