“That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.”
This display in the Smithsonian American History Museum is another one that tugs at my heartstrings. Wow, the memories. This represents the era when I was a child ... the 1950's and '60's. The car looks exactly like some of the cars we had in our family, a family that eventually totalled eight children. My father was a farmer and school bus driver. In the summers, we would all load into the station wagon and go for a short weekend vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains; sometimes sleeping in the car. A totally different world from today. My parents are both gone now. I have to confess that I look at this photo with a mixture of emotions ... joy for the memories, gratefulness to my parents, love for my siblings, and sorrow for the things that are no more.
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