Sharing memories of long ago

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Sharing memories of long ago

Save those family pictures

 

I was looking at some old blogs and reblogs and found this one that I posted five years ago.

Blame this blog on Clarksville real estate professional  Debbie Reynolds.  Debbie got many of us thinking about past moments that we could share in blogs.

Recently, one of my younger sisters, Lynne Kelley, emailed some old family photographs to Dolores. Lynne and her family live near Chicago. She is the designated family historian. The group of photographs included a couple of pictures of me that were taken when I was very young. The photograph in this blog had a note on the back “four and a half years old”.

You are too young to relate to this time frame but that age would indicate that the photograph was taken early in 1942. It was wartime and we lived in a community that has a strong military orientation. The white house in the background was our newly built home at 10 Park Place in the Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth, Virginia. I do not remember the name of my dog, also in the background.

At that time, Cradock was in Norfolk County and the County covered the area south all of the way to the North Carolina line. Cradock was one of the early planned communities in the country and was developed during World War I to house workers at the nearby Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The Marine barracks were within the shipyard. Portsmouth is also the location of the Naval Hospital and the Coast Guard base.

During the war, eligible men that had a child were given the option of joining the Coast Guard or a local police force rather than being drafted for military service. My father, John J. Kelley opted to join the Norfolk County Police force where he served for ten years.

I was too young to understand the horrors of war but was old enough to know that our heroes were in uniform. Several family members would visit us when on leave from their military duties and they knew that they could find a sofa bed and some good meals when they came to our home.

Save those family pictures that will help some of us recall memories of long ago.

 

 

Roy Kelley

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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

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Roy Kelley
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Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for the feature recognition. It is much appreciated.

Sep 10, 2018 03:41 AM #20
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, what a great photo, and is fun looking back through old photos.  I did a bit of this when packing, and saw so many old photo albums! 

Sep 10, 2018 06:22 AM #21
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy- in addition to that cute photo of you, I loved your memories that you shared with us. It's so important that we keep these memories alive with pictures and stories. And Gabe Sanders I've been slowly digitizing my photos. I keep threatening to take them to one of those companies that will do them all at once. 

Sep 10, 2018 08:38 AM #23
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Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
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Roy, Such a cute photo.  My parents were married during he war.  Good you have someone over seeing your family's history.  Thanks for re-sharing with us!

Sep 10, 2018 09:20 AM #24
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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What a little soldier you are. I have a big box of old photos and need to go through and recapture some old moments. Thanks for the memories.

Sep 11, 2018 08:22 PM #26
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Kathy Streib
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                                                  Thank you, Roy!

Sep 15, 2018 05:20 PM #28
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John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
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Hi Roy, a most endearing photo and great memory.  Keep them coming!

Sep 16, 2018 05:01 AM #29
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Roy Kelley,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week! I missed it and I love it. John Henry is right..what an endearing photo and great memory! I'd love to see more.

Sep 16, 2018 05:37 AM #30
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Roy

That's a wonderful photo to have in your collection. Thank you for sharing your memories!

Jeff

Sep 16, 2018 07:49 AM #32
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Roy,

So glad Kathy Streib featured this post.  I remember reading it the first time your posted, and it is just as wonderful the second time around.  A

Sep 16, 2018 09:25 AM #33
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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I remember seeing this before...so darn adorable!

I treasure my old photos, and I hope one of my children does long after I'm gone.

Sep 16, 2018 03:31 PM #34
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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There’s things that bring me back to that all the time and I love feeling good about the old days sometimes.

Sep 17, 2018 11:50 PM #36
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Laura Cerrano
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You are very welcome! Keep doing what you do and keep smiling and shining,


Roy Kelley

Sep 17, 2018 11:53 PM #37
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

Wow Roy, that is incredible. I like that you say your sister is the family historian since every family needs at least one to help keep the memories alive. Thanks for sharing such a cute picture and some of your family history.

Oct 09, 2018 06:40 AM #39
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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What a cutie! It is fun to see old photos of ourselves, thanks for sharing the photo again.

Oct 09, 2018 06:52 AM #40
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - It is no coincidence that the first blog post I'm reading today is yours. I distinctly remember reading your original post and this photograph of you as a handsome little boy, mature beyond years, standing proudly in uniform for the photograph. I say, it is no coincidence because for the past several months, I have been keeping a journal. I begin everyday, with a quote followed by what it means to me. All of my entries are one page each. Let me share my quote of the day that was so special to me, which I believe will have significant meaning to you as well. 

"Photography is the art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." --- Elliott Erwith

I should add two things: 1) I don't remember the contest or the reason Debbie Reynolds initiated the inspiration for your original post; however, I do remember reading this one before (except for the part that your younger sister lived near Chicago). Also, I remember the photograph very well. 2) When I write my first journal entry for the day, it's the first thing I do after taking care of personal hygiene without checking my emails, social media, or news of the day. 

Coincidence? Or was this meant to be?

Wishing you retrieval of memories of long ago and may they stay in your heart and your memory always. And might I add, you are a very special member of ActiveRain. I always looked up you to for your intelligence, truth, support to members on ActiveRain, and your loyalty and devotion to Dolores. Parents don't make boys like you anymore. Thank you for being you. 

 

Oct 09, 2018 10:16 AM #42
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Roy, honestly, I don't think you look all that different. Still recognizable through the eyes.

Oct 09, 2018 02:58 PM #43
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much for your feedback. It is always good to hear from you.

Oct 10, 2018 02:23 PM #44
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Roy Kelley
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I wonder why I am receiving comments on this blog that was posted last month.

Oct 10, 2018 02:24 PM #45
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Roy Kelley
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Patricia Feager 

Thanks so much for your comments. I shared your quote selection on Facebook.

Oct 11, 2018 05:46 AM #46
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