Monday, October 30, 2017

A Family Photo

A follow up photo  to my last post of October 15. A family group photo taken during my grandson Jack's dedication at the House of Grace in Whittier, California.

Photo left to right: Front row; Jeri,Savannah and Jack, Maddie, Meranda, Mariah. Back row; Gina (Josh's mother), me and Josh.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jack, Church and Breakfast

A special day today for our grandson Jack. Today was a special dedication/presentation at the House of Grace Church here in Whittier. After the services it was a late breakfast at Casa Jimenez.

Josh, Savannah and Jack with my friend and Pastor, Ralph De La Torre

Jeri and the Family

Me and the Family

My Breakfast: Menudo Con Patas.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

New Mexico, a Guide to the Colorful State (and my father)

I found this book - New Mexico, A guide to the Colorful State - at the Whittier Library about twenty some odd years ago. This book is part of the American Guide Series. It was originally published in 1942. I have checked it out repeatedly over the years.

I am 99.9% sure that the boy on the far right, leaning on the fence, in this photo, is my father Andrew De La O. My father was born in 1923. I'm not sure what year the photo was taken but I have no doubt it was taken some time in the early 1930's. A project like this book, especially in the days before the internet and digital cameras, would have taken several years to compile  the data and publish. The timing seems right.

I can see my father clearly in this photo. The face, the eyes, the hair and even the way he is leaning on the fence. That's my father. I can't verify it or prove it but I'm convinced.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Wife

Actually, yesterday was her birthday but we were so busy I never got around to posting it. It was a nice day for her. We had dinner with the kids, minus Andrew who lives in Seattle and Deedee who lives in the high desert. She has not been well so it was good to see her out and about, smiling and enjoying her dinner with her family.

We had dinner at Casa Jimenez Mexican Restaurant here in Whittier. This is our favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is great and the service is always outstanding. We are long time customers and they know us well.  Our thanks to the staff for all their hard work in making this a special night for my wife.

Jeri's Birthday October 3, 2011
Jeri and I at Casa Jimenez Mexican Restaurant
Jeri's Birthday October 3, 2011
The Family

Jeri's Birthday October 3, 2011
Lori, Josh, Savannah and Jack
Jeri's Birthday October 3, 2011
Singing Happy Birthday
Jeri's Birthday October 3, 2011
Jeri and the Grandkids

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Dream

Good morning. I hope everyone is doing well.

I had a nice dream last night. I found myself in the back seat of an old car but the car did not seem old. I was sitting behind the driver. My wife Jeri was to my right.

I saw my mother sitting in the front passenger seat and my kids were all in the front with her.They were kids again. My mother was young too. Her hair was made up the way she wore it in the 60's.

I was trying to grasp the situation when I realized it was my father who was driving the car. It was all very confusing because I knew he was dead. In the dream I began to remember that my father had come back. He never died he was just gone for a long time.

Suddenly, I stood up (I was the age I am now but it's a dream), reached over the seat and put my arms around my father. I was emotional. "Dad, all these years we thought you were dead!" He patted my arm and said "I know mijo, I know, I'm sorry.

I looked over at my mother and she had this blissful look of contentment that I have not seen in her face since my father has been gone. We had eye contact and I felt what she was feeling "He's back, everything will be okay now" I felt it more than heard it. It seemed so real I thought my father was back.

I'm sure there is some deep meaning to the dream. She could use him right now. Things have tough for her. It was a nice dream.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Classic Photo: Family Get Together


This has to be from late 1954, maybe the holidays, or very early 1955.

That's my mother, Anita, seated on the left with my sister Evelyn and I, the woman standing is my aunt Angie (my father's sister), the man squatting, I'm almost certain, is her husband, my uncle Mauro Caldero. The man holding the guitar is my uncle Gilbert De La O (my father's younger brother), the woman in the center is his wife (at that time) my aunt Francis, whom I remember very well. I'm sure it was my father behind the camera.

Believe it or not, I have a very faint memory of this night. My mother has always been amazed at the things I remember. I'll describe something and she'll look at me and say "But you were just a baby!"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rocky Photo on Instagram

I woke up today to find that Sylvester Stallone posted this photo on the Official Sly Stallone page on Instagram, of him and I at the long gone Main Street Gym in Downtown Los Angeles. The photo was taken during the filming of the original Rocky in 1976.

I don't know if I can ever explain how lucky and how grateful I am just to have been a small part (and it was very small) of this epic boxing movie. It's one of my nicest memories of those days and I treasure it.

As nice as this is it's the reaction from my wife, kids and grandkids that makes this truly meaningful.

Good Morning!

Good morning family and friends! I'm enjoying my morning cup of coffee right now before I get started with my day. I wish you all the best today!

I collect coffee cups, some are given to me by my kids, some I have bought and others I can't remember where I got them. I don't know if collect is the right word, maybe accumulated or amassed are a better choice of words.

I take turns with my cups. I'll use one for a while, then put it away and use another cup, and so on and so on. This cup was given to me several years ago by my daughter Savannah but they have all given me similar cups through the years. When I drink from this cup or any of the cups they have given me I see all of my children's faces. That's because I see them as one. My children.

The words on the cup are; Father, Strength and Courage and at the bottom: "The Man of Integrity Walks Securely". Proverbs 10:9.

These words do not describe me but they do describe what all fathers strive to be, or at should strive to be. How awesome it would be to be such a man!

When I drink from this cup and all the others i remember just how truly blessed I am. My wife, my children and grandchildren are my life!

Enjoy the day that God has given you!