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WQW #22: Hot Holidays Galore Father’s Day/Juneteenth

This is the 76th post of Writer’s Quotes, the 22nd one this year. Thank you all for keeping it going.

You may notice, as I do, that there are not a lot of links. As a hostess, I have to ask myself if creating the post each week is worth the effort. My conclusion is that this challenge gets lots of conversations going, if not too many post links.

I get that. Sometimes, even though I love a challenge, I don’t have time to participate, but I want to say hi. At other times I jump on the challenge and go “all in” as my poker-playing husband says. Your comments and links keep this challenge running strong.

Not too many people chose to use the InLinkz party. I like the app because your featured photo is displayed rather than just the name of a blog on a list. I’ll keep For More Ideas going for another week or so until you all get used to InLinkz.

Featured Bloggers for WQW #21: Water Fun

Thank you to those who linked.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #WQW

This weekly writing challenge runs from Wednesday through Tuesday at noon. All you need is a quote to go with your post. Write a poem, story, or memoir. Share photos and a story or no story. Just have fun with it and let the quote or quotes lead the way.

New this month: List your WQW blog post on InLinkz. Join our community to share and respond to quotes about the week’s topic. Topics for the year (subject to change) are listed on the WQW Page. Feel free to post weekly, or drop in from time to time – All are welcome. 

For More Ideas about June Holidays – Father’s Day and Juneteenth

Definition of Juneteenth

“Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved black Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.”

Tribute to Buffalo Soldiers

Here is my post from two years ago about a Juneteenth celebration I attended years ago at Allensworth State Historic Park in California. Because I knew Mrs. Alice Royal, the first baby born in Allensworth, I was honored to meet several black leaders from around the United States.

She was an amazing person When I met her she was in her 80s and still lecturing around the United States. A retired school nurse administrator, she lobbied for the history of Allensworth, the only black freedom colony in California, to have a spot in the California history fourth-grade textbooks. She was successful.

Definition of Father’s Day

‘”Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.” Britannica

My Choice Quotes for June Holidays

““A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” 

—Steve Martin

Ever wonder why most cool cars are driven by guys with mostly gray hair – or no hair? The rest of us are here to enjoy them in museums and car shows. Okay, that’s stereotyping or quoting my father, or both. Dad loved cars, and so does my husband, who also shared that love with his father and his son.

These pictures all came from a local museum in Phoenix, AZ called the Martin Auto Museum. It’s the third of several posts about that museum. This week Lens Artist, Anne Sandler invited us to share local vistas, so this is mine for LAPC #203.

Allensworth State Historic Park featured in the pictures above was also a local vista for me when I lived in Tulare County in California. It is California’s only State Historic Park, and it’s quite fascinating if you haven’t been there. Juneteenth is especially memorable with all buildings having period-dressed docents and demonstrations of life in 1900. You’ll love it.

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I also want to give a special shout-out to John Steiner for Journeys by Johnbo for Cell Pic Sunday #231. He and his wife, Lynn love car museums as much as Vince and I do, and he told me about this wonderful “local vista.”

Here are my former posts in this series.

Martin Auto Museum #3

Car enthusiast dad with his father “driving” a 1953 Packard convertible.

““The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”

 —Dan Pearce
Big brother keeps his hands in his pockets. Grandpa had probably warned him to do so.

I first caught up with this dad after meeting his two children while looking at this amazing mini trailer. They saw me and stopped what they were doing – about to open the trailer. Knowing that it was okay, I asked them if they would go ahead and open it so I could take their pictures. The one boy agreed.

This was like getting your fingers caught in the candy jar! His hand tells the story of his excitement in picture three. 🙂

When I asked them which car was their favorite they answered without hesitation, “the green VW van.”

I asked them why.

They answered in almost unison again, “Because our dad sold them the van.”

I was kind of shocked, so much so that I forgot to take a picture of the van. After leaving the boys and wandering around a bit more I met the dad and shared my pictures with him.

I thought the family was a great example of people who: shared a common interest, cared about each other, and trusted each other. I never once saw the family together looking at the cars. They were each off in their own world enjoying the experience knowing that the boys would treat the cars with respect.


 ““Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers and singers of song.”

 —Unknown
Dad has fun by himself for a few minutes.

Quick Grandpa Story for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

My post was all done, and I was telling Cee how I didn’t have time to do a post on abandoned buildings in time for her CFFC last week and I didn’t. However, I remembered this picture that I just found and a Grandpa Bud story. So I’m adding it even though I’m late.

Elda School, one of the first schools established in Tulare County

Grandpa Bud, my mom’s father, ran a cutter and grinding service sharpening instruments (like dental tools) out of his garage. Wanting to find a different location, he would say, “That building over there might make a nice place for my new shop,” everywhere we drove. Eventually looking for a new shop for Grandpa became the family game on drives on those tedious drives to see old relatives before the dawn of freeways.

Whenever we would pass an old barn that looked like this school pictured above, either Randy, Mom, Grandma or I would race to shout out, “New shop for Grandpa.” Then we would all laugh hilariously. The worse the building looked, the harder we laughed. We would even discuss the building’s attributes – usually air conditioning, which our homes in the 50s did not have.

I don’t remember my dad or Grandpa playing the game or laughing when we were young. Grandpa gave us ALL, even Grandma, the “behave yourselves” look over the top of his glasses at first before joining in the fun with a benevolent smile. The “look” added fuel to the game that lasted into our twenties.

Now it’s your turn.

We all have dads – for better or worse. Even though I struggled with my relationship with my dad, we are much alike. The time I spent as a child going on photo shoots with him has led to a lifetime hobby. Please link one post and take time to read someone else’s link as well.

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Ongoing on Always Write

  • June Story Chat “The Backpack” by Aimer Boyz – last week to add your comment to the conversation. Summary of this controversial post coming on June 21st. Next month a new story, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog
  • PPAC – (Photographing Public Art Challenge) There’s still time to post on this week’s PPAC post or InLinkz until Thursday at noon.
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • June 22: Summer colors/Summer Solstice
    • June 29: Travel/Transportation: Boats or Ships/ or Writer’s Choice/ or YOUR WOTY(Word of the Year) Review

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      • HI Marsha, thank you. In retrospect, I can’t believe how good my boys were on this trip. It was all castles and museums, with a short interlude at EuroDisney, and they were so good. They never complained and always seemed interested in the places we visited. I’ve come to realise that lots of children are not like this at all.

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        • You have invested a lot of time in your boys. You have been busy doing things together since I’ve known you. You enrich their lives and they enrich yours. That makes for lifelong relationships. You are not building for the future, you are living each day of your lives. If everyone did that, there would be much fewer problems in this world. 🙂

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  1. Marsha I loved these quotes and all your photos. I enjoyed the car museum story and photos and the one about your grandpa is hilarious. My father in laws dad was famous for getting lost when driving. His answer was always “I always wanted to see what was down this way”…I loved it so much (because I’m all for scenic routes) that I’ve been known to say that often when we take a wrong turn or get directions messed up.

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    • I love that! Mom and I went for scenic rides all the time in Oregon. We loved to drive up the Columbia River Gorge. We didn’t care if we got lost! 🙂

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    • It’s an American Federal Holiday and I doubt that many Americans know what it is either. I did not until 2008, when I was asked to create a student event around it. I met with the pr person at the County, and was introduced to Allensworth. It was a huge thing, and I knew nothing about it. About 4,000 people attended the Juneteenth event, mostly black Americans from all over the U.S. We are really sadly remiss in teaching and knowing black history.

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  2. Marsha, I really enjoy your WQW prompts and finding the right quote to match my own Sunday Stills themes for which try to tie in with yours makes for super fun and interesting challenges and last-minute inspiration! Your post is a great tribute to the boys (and girls) of summer who enjoy their autos and anything to do with Father’s Day celebrations. Sorry I missed last week’s water fun!

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  3. Okay, so first I want to say that I love the Wednesday Quote challenge very much (I participated from my earlier blog, and you were one of the first I Followed from my current blog). So I hope you keep it going. 2nd, I sometimes feel confused as to what the week’s “prompt theme” is–so if you could state that clearer each week, it would help me. For this week, it’s Father’s Day–correct? Or not? Thanks a bunch–blessings to you Always💙

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    • So you and Lynn could relate to my story, then. Glad you enjoyed the cars and Elda School. That picture was taken in 2014, and it looks much the same in 2022. It’s not all that old really. My book on Schools of Tulare County says that it was organized in February 1911.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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