'Family Ties'

by Joanne Howell


I was born in Washington in Saul's Addition on January 31, 1917. My mother, grandmother, and also her mother, my great-grandmother, were born in Washington D.C. I lived in Washington all my life except for three exceptions: when my husband was ordered to go first to New York for seven years, Massachusetts for ten years, and last to Aberdeen Proving Ground for ten years. During all these tours of duty we planned to retire eventually in the Washington area. And so we did, living here in Stafford, Virginia.

It was my Dad, a New England "transplant," who really instilled in me the pride and love of living in Washington. When I was a child, it was my dad who took me to see everything. He bought tickets to the inaugurations which we could not afford. It was my dad who took me to see every parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. We delighted in seeing all the national monuments to the Presidents and to other heroes. It was in the midst of the monuments - the Reflection Pool - where I sailed Dad's homemade sailboat on Sunday afternoons. I would launch the sailboat at one side of the Reflection Pool, and my dad would get it and turn it around, make needed adjustments and sail it back to me from the other side of the Reflection Pool. I also remember watching the steps of the Lincoln Memorial being built.

I am most proud of my family's Washingtonian ties!

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  | Category:  Reader Submission
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