This photo shows my good old '57 Chevy - that served me well - outside of my wife's parents' house. I went there often and always had a good time as part of the family.
My wife had four sisters and three brothers so the house was always busy. The oldest daughter was married and one other daughter got married about the same time. So with one of the boys in the army, there were only the two younger boys and two younger girls at home. That was still a lot for this small house, but they were a happy, healthy family.The inside was very comfortable with Tatami floors, as was the style in a lot of these homes. Everyone would gather in the one room for eating and conversation. The kitchen was outside under a roof and very large with plenty of room. They kept everything here, even a few chickens. The toilet was of course outside too. There was no refrigerator; not many had one in those days. I imagine it was only a few years later that people started being able to buy them and TVs too. I often compared Taiwan in those days to stories I had heard growing up about what life was like back in the '20s and '30s in America.It was a good time to be alive with not many distractions like TV, computers, cell phones, beepers and iPods. We had friends and family and conversations and travel to keep us busy...in a good way.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sarj Bloom took this photo of his 1957 Chevy in front of the home of his in-laws.