After moving away from our farm in Texas, we moved into a rental house in Santa Fe, NM. I was in the 8th grade then so Nancy must have been in the 9th. I think Carmela was just starting first grade and Bob graduated from high school about mid-way through the school year. His graduation ceremony was on a school night, so Nancy, Carmela and I were not allowed to go. We stayed home and baked Bob a graduation cake instead.
That was about the ugliest cake I’d ever seen! Half of it fell off when we were frosting it, and we tried to “glue” it back together with more frosting. It didn’t work, so it was a jumbled mess by the time Mom, Dad, and Bob got home that night. Bob didn’t seem to care though. He ate it and said how good it was and thanked us for making it for him.
I don’t remember what job Bob got after he graduated, but I do remember he loved to go skiing with his friends. He had a little VW bug that he spent a lot of time washing and waxing and riding around in. He spent a good bit of time waxing his skis too.
It wasn’t long after the school year ended that we moved to Taos, NM where Mom, Dad & Bob all worked at the one and only newspaper office there. Bob stayed with the family all through the summer months that we lived in Taos. He transformed one of our bathrooms into a dark room where he could develop his own photos. At the end of those three months before school started up again, we were on the move…this time to San Francisco, CA. There we lived in what they called a “flat”, but was really just an apartment. We were there for about 2 weeks, before we were on the move again…this time to Eureka, California.
We had a nice house in Eureka, although I’m pretty sure it was a rental. My dad got a job at the newspaper office there and we were planning on staying. My mom went out and bought a house full of furniture. We were finally getting settled somewhere for the first time since we’d left our farm in Texas. Everyone seemed to be happy there. Then one day my dad came home from work and announced we were going to be moving AGAIN! Most of the furniture went back to the store, everything else was left for the movers to pack up and deliver to us in Colorado, and before I knew it, we were on the road heading for our new home.
After living in a motel for over a week, my parents found a rental house and we moved in, but the movers didn’t deliver our belongings right away, so we had to make do on just the stuff we’d brought with us. My mom was and is a genius when it comes to making do! We were camped out in an almost empty house, but we were all comfortable. The one thing we had sorely wished we had brought with us was our winter coats. We hadn’t needed them in CA, but we sure needed them in CO!
Finally our stuff arrived! We could dress warmly for the Colorado weather, and sleep in real beds. We spent many pleasant hours sitting around the dining room table as a family, playing Canasta and other card games. I think Bob’s favorite game arrived with the movers, and once the house was settled, he and my dad spent many hours playing chess. In the spring of that year, we moved again. My parents bought a house just a couple blocks away from our rental. I remember Bob helped with that move. And not long after we were settled into our new house, Bob joined the Marines. Nancy and I were still in high school at the time…an all girl’s Catholic school. Carmela was still in grade school, I think. While we were busy with school stuff, our brother was serving our country. We were very proud of him, but the Vietnam War was going on at the time, and we were all afraid for his safety.
Kathy Williams The Book Worm