On the road…again!
Afghanistan to Zambia
Chronicles of a Footloose Forester
By Dick Pellek
On Celebrating The 46th Anniversary Of Our Honeymoon
This contribution is a quicky, so its composition definitely will be edited and updated just as conveniently soon after my soulmate and I return from celebrating our anniversary at a far away restaurant. My beloved Bengal Tiger and her partner The Bear in a "death do us part" vow of eternal love, will be honored to share with you a few others photos from our "On the road....again!" adventures.
The Tiger and The Bear at East West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii circa 1970
The Bengal Tiger in Cape Verde, circa 1988
She is pointing out a large bumplike rock that is a geomorphological anomaly known as a carbonatite
Pellek family portrait, 1989
Grand daughter Jaelyn (Mushroom) Hunt, circa 2009; the other love of our lives.
A family portrait including daughter Lucy Pellek will be be posted after its discovery in its current hiding place. As the first edit of this quicky blog entry, executed about 14 hours after the story was posted, Footloose Forester went rummaging around in his photo albums for appropriate family photos in which Lucy is shown; and in which some of our family pets are on display for all the world to love as much as we do.
Lucy Pellek at age 4
Her mom, the Bengal Tiger, made both the dress and the doll
Did you ever notice how the powerful editorial tool within LegacyStories.org allows you to add photos, slides, scanned copies of keepsake documents; and even live video strips; as part and parcel of a running story? And to make edits even years after posting the story, as a way to correct something or include important updates. We are witnessing the evolution of the modern autobiography. The Footloose Forester, for one, does not want to let computer technology go to waste. Nor does he want his family history to disappear if he is willing and able to do something about it. Just in case elderly readers may think that old dogs can't learn new tricks, this old geezer who calls himself the Footloose Forester is, at this very moment, demonstrating that it can be done. So, withour further ado, he will continue updating--with photos, a few of the highlights of his very, very, very happy Honeymoon with his precious Bengal Tiger.
After Footloose Forester finally got wise enough to put information on the back of otherwise blank photo prints, here is what he read on the back of one of them.... "Lucy Pellek, 1989 enjoying a Sunday outing near Jacmel. We didn't wade across--we chose to ford the stream in a 4x4 truck." A made up story? The evidence and memory jolter was on the reverse side of that photo. Please let me now pause in this narrative while I scan the back side of the photo; convert it into a digitized computer file, upload it into my photo album; and then insert it into this story.
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Violet is buried under the apple tree, in the back yard of our house in Pennsylvania. Blue Rose the cat is buried about 50 feet away, between the Japanese pear tree and the skeleton of a plum tree.
We are right there with you on this inevitable event. We too have lost a few of our best friends went the time comes to leave us. Sorry about this but I know someday we will all be reunited.
Dick I loved reading this and seeing your beautiful family. You had me right there while you went looking for photos or tried your hand at adding them to your story. This was very helpful to those who may think this an impossible task. You are right this is a cutting edge way to tell your story and ad or edit whenever needed.
Thank you for helping spread the word about Legacy Stories and writing such inspirational content.
Thanks, Christine ... for your inspiration. My creative moods come and go but some stories have not yet been told, so there is a tomorrow.
We plan to create stories in the near future; because we have more than a few adventures in mind.
Since posting this story, the author stitched together dozens of other stories into two books of memoirs [Acer rubrum to Zyzyphus jujuba, Vol. I (Essays and Dreams) and Vol. II (Stories and Adventures). Your recorded memoirs can be shared in many places.