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Monday, February 25, 2013

Monochrome Makes Me Think of Simon and Garfunkel

The prompt for Week 7 of Sally Russick's "Focus on Life" challenge is Monochrome.

That leads to endless possibilities but at least we are limited to photos that we took ourselves. When I read the word monochrome, I immediately began singing "Kodachrome" by Paul Simon in my head which led to thinking about photos that I had taken many years ago which also led to knowing I would post in black and white or sepia because that means the past to me. Whew!

Unfortunately, I did not take this photo. It is a publicity shot.
I had a good laugh at me thinking of Simon and Garfunkel when I read the word monochrome because it really shows my age. I actually saw them in person in a theater in Hollywood in my yute (that's youth in Brooklynese). I lived in Glendale, California and was so excited to see them. People in the audience were so well behaved back then. They kept walking up and giving them single flowers which really confused them. I guess the audience in New York and the East Coast hadn't caught up with the "Flower Child" thing yet.

Now the word Monochrome would bring to mind a couple of different alternative Grunge/Metal/Rock bands or a Japanese illustrated magazine and TV show. My how things change.

Anyway, I decided to post a photo that I have always loved that I took almost twenty-five years ago.

I took this photo at my daughter, Kim's wedding to her wonderful husband, Dave.

So many memories came flooding back with this photo.

I had the beautiful wedding cake made at the local Junior College and was going to freeze it for two days until the wedding. When I got it home it was too tall for my freezer outside in the carport. We had to prop the door open and build false walls and close it all with duct tape.

I remade Kim's dress from a dress I made for my sister Debbie's wedding. We didn't have enough fittings together so the dress was too big around. I had to borrow safety pins from my Mother-in-law, June.

Somehow, the hand made underskirt to make the dress poof didn't make it to the wedding. I can't remember if we ever found it.

It was one of the hottest days recorded in the month of July in Washington State and the church had no air conditioner.

We lived in a tiny house in Snohomish, Washington (1100 sq ft.) and had people staying with us when a friend from Texas showed up unannounced at the wedding with her rolling suitcase and said she was staying with us. And she did! She slept on the floor and we had a wonderful time.

But what I remember most of all is that it was one of the happiest days of my life. My sweet daughter had found a kind, loving man and I wouldn't have to worry about her anymore.

Both Kim and Dave love music. They have raised two musical kids, Kya who will be 21 in June and Christian, who will be 11 in August.

They live in Marysville, Washington with our grandson, Christian and Kya lives in Seattle.

Dave works at Kenworth for his day job but still pursues his music on the weekends and nights. He takes a few gigs and teaches guitar in his spare time.

Kim trains horses for a living and the people who ride them but that's another story.


This is an Internet photo
Have a wonderful week!
Julie Panusis


  1. Sweet pics~~sweet stories of challenges met! I loved Simon & Garfunkle too. Never saw them in person, but listened to "Cecilia" over and over and over as a teen~ :-) Darling daughter & hubby!

  2. Thanks Chris, I love knowing that you read my blog. I love yours too. I was just thinking about you as I worked with some copper in my studio. Have a great week.

  3. Too funny about how monochrome reminds you of the song Kodachrome! It reminds me of my painting class from college! Lovely photo of your daughter on her wedding day.

    1. Yes, Kathleen, I love the way words, smells and tastes bring memories to our mind. It's as if it were yesterday.

      I really like telling stories, as you well know, because it keeps our memories alive.
      Have a wonderful day!