Oma Sue's Blog
Hi – I’m Sue Reyzlik. I recently realized my life-long dream of building a writing hut in the backyard. The writing hut serves as a creative space and home office for Oma Publishing. This blog will be intermingled with family history, varied experiences and insights on being a Grandma (Oma), creating my special backyard space, as well as, my “retirement” career as a self-publisher of children’s stories. And perhaps a little bit on the 32 years I served as Executive Director for Keep Fremont Beautiful and the wonderful people who are sharing this adventure.
Corky, Billy and JoLynn
The process of going through my grandparent’s old slides has been a drawn-out affair. I would go months, if not years, in between slide screening sessions. But once I had gone to the effort of hauling the slide projector up from the basement, I would commit to getting at least a few dozen boxes sorted, labeled, dated and lovingly viewed. After a few days, the projector would be placed back in storage and then at some point, when the mood struck - the viewing "thing" process would be repeated.
During a recent slide viewing session, I found a particularly cute stash of slides from the late 1940’s to early 1950. The subjects of those slides were cousin Corky – the oldest grandchild of Joe and Lil Green and the daughter of my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Carl. Billy – my older brother and second grandchild of Joe and Lily. And then cousin JoLynn – Aunt Joey and Uncle Mel’s first child and Joe and Lil’s third grandchild.
The slides are adorable – little kids are great subjects. The three sisters – Aunt Peggy, My Mom Alyce and Aunt Joey were all featured in family photos growing up around the greenhouse and now their children were the subjects of similar photos. My Grandpa was pretty good at documenting the life and times of the greenhouse property and the people who called it home.
These photos are just a bit before my time. I wasn’t born until January 1951 and Cindy wasn’t born until October 1951, but many of the scenes and settings in the slides are exactly as I remember.
This particular group of slides featured the early days of marriage. family life and motherhood for the three sisters. It’s a glimpse into a particular time and space... I thoroughly enjoyed the journey down memory lane.
After going through boxes of the slides, I also happened upon some photos from the same time period. Cindy had given me a few family albums and those albums held picture treasures! I feel compelled to document these family treasures in my blog… so my kids and grandkids may have an idea of the family members appearing in the 100's of photos and slides stored in my basement.
NEXT UP: Slide/photo show with captions – but first, a few comments before the show...
1) My brother Billy is so cute. His smile is charming. He was totally in his element when he was in the Greenhouse – I think he was happiest when he was playing in the dirt and spending time with Grandpa Joe.
2) There are a few slides that show Billy and Lynnie sitting/playing by the buggy step out by the street… that was a fantastic find! (ALSO - I can't decide if we spelled Lynnie with an ie or a y... Lynny looks more like it... can't decide)
3) The slide of Mom and Billy in the old workroom in the greenhouse is so sweet – I’m not sure that I have seen any color photos of that old workroom. Dad and Mom look so young - they were!
4) The slide of Mima Arnold, in the store downtown, is exactly as I remember her and the building. Years later, the store would be remodeled and I would work at that location. I haven’t found a picture of the old elevator – I keep hoping, but so far, no luck!