Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Little Bit Of History......Family Style

In 1936, my Grandparents announced they were going on a trip around the world. My mother, who was just a semester short of graduation from Smith College, said "You are NOT going without me".
So they left Winnetka, Illinois and traveled to the West Coast to begin their trip. The passengers included my Grandmother, Grandfather, My Great Aunt Marie(known as May), my Aunt Pat(Mom's youngest sister) and my Mother. It was one of the most incredible trips ever. They went to Hawaii, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Bali, Ceylon(now known as Sri Lanka), India, up thru the Red Sea to Jerusalem and then on to England. It took six months because it was all by ship.

While in Tokyo, Japan, they stayed at the Imperial Hotel. The Hotel was designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright. It had been built in 1917 and was a masterpiece. He had many challenges ranging from earthquakes to designing patterns for hotel furniture, silverware, china and even notepaper. To decorate the banquet hall, Wright used a peacock motif. The above design was suppose to be for the carpet which never did arrive from China. The Hotel is no longer in existence. It was demolished in 1968.

Just one other tidbit. 1936 was the year in which the Imperial Army tried to over throw the government. The Army was coming in the front door while the Totman Family was sneaking out the back. They managed to get on a train and head south and over to China. 50 years later, my Mother graduated from Smith College as a Ada Comstock scholar. It was one of the proudest moments of her life. Well done, Mom. 

This was one of the most difficult puzzles Elinor and I have ever done but was worth it.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I See Your True Colors

 I can't believe it but at one time, we looked alike. My Mom was a cute little girl and so was I.
Life happens and looks change but our true colors do shine through. My Mother always loved people
and I can still see her smile whenever I think of her which is often. She had a knack of making people feel welcome and she was a good listener. My knack is encouragement. I like to think that I am the biggest cheerleader in the world. I may not be able to do the splits but I sure can yell. I know that some people can see my true colors too.