The Family Way

“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.” – Anon.

This Saturday the Weekend Challenge over on GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Story.

In every picture, there is a story, and in every story there is a memory.

Almost eighteen and baby brother

Victoria has reached eighteen and falls in love with her new baby brother.

First day at University 1

The baby at eighteen, and with his parents, he arrives for his first day at university. Sitting in the refectory, he nervously studies the map of the campus while waiting for his allotted time slot to collect the keys for his room in the Halls of Residence. His mother wishes he was a baby again.

Climbing a gateWhen you come to play at Nan’s house and meet up with cousins, why wait your turn to climb over a gate when you can all fit on together, and even if a gate is open, it’s still more fun climbing over.

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It’s the summer holidays and I take the family on a mystery day out. They’re instructed to wear play clothes, but no one but me knows the intended destination. I issue the drivers with hand-drawn road maps, and we set off in convoy. Imagine their surprise when they realise I’ve taken them ‘Trout fishing’ in the Dales – A first for all! And the best family day out to date!

(C) 2020 Weekend Challenge Story from Weekly Prompts

23 thoughts on “The Family Way

  1. These are fabulous family photos Sue….. I remember my first day at uni’…. yep, I reckon I looked that confused too…..Oh wow trout fishing….. I’ve never been trout fishing either…..looks like everyone had lots of fun…. πŸ˜€πŸ˜Ž
    ….This week, I’ve been telling “my story”, about my trip to Philadelphia last year, I’ll add another poem tonight, and link it to your weekend prompt Sue…..xx

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    1. I’m a little behind on my reading this week, but I have caught a couple of your nostalgic posts about Philly. The time has flown!

      Thank you for your comments, Ivor and I look forward to seeing your post. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lovely photos, now if I had only waited until today to post the album of photos I posted yesterday. I too remember my first at at Uni (well it took me 3 attempts so…) – I feel sorry for prospective students this coming year, it will be a hard choice between ‘academic pursuit’, and the ‘student experience’, many I think will defer for a year. Oh well – off to find something else suitable to fill my ‘story’ post.

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    1. I feel sorry for the students too. I have two grandsons at university, one is okay as he’s doing an internship for a year from September, and the other is still not sure what is happening.

      Three of mine work in schools and none will be organised to take back children by the first of June. One of the schools is refusing to take Reception children, and at my son’s school 74% are refusing to send their children back in June.

      I’m behind with my reading, I don’t think I saw anyone’s blogs yesterday, I got tied up in a new project and you know what that’s like. I look forward to seeing yours when it arrives, thank you, Ken.

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      1. “Three of mine work in schools and none will be organised to take back children by the first of June.” – It is a difficult time, I work in HE, luckily in a role that is if anything busier at the moment, but who knows!
        “Three of mine work in schools” – you must have inspired them πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh, I’m all joy-teary-eyed, SweetSue!
    What beautiful photos of your beautiful family and, oh, those wonderful memories!
    You are so right to say “In every picture, there is a story, and in every story there is a memory.” πŸ™‚
    I get a bit melancholy when I realize how quickly life has flown…but, I am so very happy when I look at my family and see what beautiful, wonderful human beings they are! πŸ™‚ I’m so honored and happy to have been in their lives way back when and still in their lives today. πŸ™‚
    That first photo started the tears…and they continued on…then the gate-climbing-cousins made me giggle! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…We have fishers in our family. When I try it really is just fishing and not catching.

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    1. We are the fortunate ones aren’t we? The oldest of those boys (Sophie’s eldest) climbing the gate is now 20! The youngest is twelve and Daisy (Victoria’s youngest) is now fourteen!
      It is lovely to look back at these photos and remember so many happy family times. Thank you, Carolyn πŸ™‚

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Sentimental photos and awesome memories. That’s a combination that can’t be beat!

    You won’t believe this, but yesterday my granddaughter, now 24, was going through the four photo albums I put together for her mom back in 1995! She kept texting me what a wonderful experience it was to see ‘her’ mom as a child as well as pics of g-ma and g-pa when we were young…..and had hair! Lol.

    She will begin student teaching in a few months, and I have to wonder if it will actually be in a classroom or if she’ll have to teach online. The educational system around the world will be in an upheaval, like everything else, for some time to come. This is so sad.

    Congratulations on being such an influence on your kids. Education must run in your DNA!!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Joss arrived with my Saturday shopping a short while ago and told me his school won’t be opening in June after all. The school governors have said no even though the government have said the youngest children can return on the 1st June. Now, given that Joss’s school is made up from 95% ethnic minorities, and mainly black, I am not surprised at their decision.

      The children need each other so I am hoping our world becomes safer very soon.

      I am so glad your granddaughter enjoyed looking at the family photos, mine enjoy that too.

      Thank you for your comments, Ginger, always appreciated. πŸ™‚


  5. I remember my first day at uni as well, my heart was pounding as I was standing in a room full of complete strangers. Everybody except me seemed to already know someone (of course that wasn’t true, but it’s what it seemed like)!

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    1. It can be nerve wracking especially when so young!
      I went to university as a very mature student, but I was fortunate a work colleague had also been accepted on the course. She dropped out after a few months. I stayed the full three years but by then I was part of a group. Thank you so much for your comments πŸ™‚

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      1. I actually became friends with a more mature student during university, we used to swap notes.
        Congrats on sticking with it, I dropped out of my first course because it wasn’t the right thing at the time, but ended up completing my second one.

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