Here’s my mother, Gail Lee Martin, wearing a maternity smock, so another baby is on the way. Her children (left to right) are Susan, Cindy, Ginger and Owen. The soon-to-arrive child is Karen. That dates this photo to sometime before June 1952.
To the right is her mother-in-law, Cora (Joy) Martin. The photo shows them in Reading, Kansas, where Cora and Ren lived before they retired to Emporia.
I heard that the Reading house became a cafe, but suffered so much damage in the 2011 tornado that it required demolition. When I looked at the newspaper’s slide show of the tornado damage, there’s a vintage purple-painted house in several photos and the twisted sign from The Miracle Cafe. I’m not sure if it is the same house. The details of the front porch don’t seem the same.
I have no idea why I’m wearing a stocking cap on what is obviously a spring day. I’m holding a vintage doll that may have belonged to my grandmother. The bright sun is making us squint.
A front porch always makes me nostalgic as it probably taps into memories like this. Remember sitting on the front porch back when?