By Eilene Lyon
The Slide Years is a series in which I select an image my dad took from 1957-1982 with Kodachrome slide film, then I write a stream-of-consciousness essay – a sort of mini-memoir.
We didn’t have many opportunities to visit grandparents when my brothers and I were growing up. I don’t know what Laurence and Clare Smith were like as parents, but they did pretty good at being grandparents.
They always had ways of providing little kids with a good time. As you can see, a kiddie pool was de rigueur. Grandpa took home movies of us running and splashing into it. We loved it when he later ran the film in reverse. Splash of water falls into the pool and a dry kid pops out – running backwards.
Grandpa also rigged up this rope swing you see Little Brother making use of. I think some years it actually had a tire, not a bag of sand. For other water fun, there was an outdoor shower-type of sprinkler to run through.
Grandma liked to cook us waffles for breakfast, which we loved. She had a carousel of small flask-like syrup bottles with a variety of flavors to choose from. Yum!