Monday, February 21, 2011

On the Pier, Remembering Sally Scott

(l-r) Cordelia, Cathy, Mike, and Sharon

Our core family -- Michael, Cordelia and I -- walked out with Mike and Sally's lifelong friend Vernon Bowman to the end of the Ocean Beach Pier for a private memorial to remember our sister Sally. With us were Cordelia's husband, Bob Mendoza, Mike's wife Sharon, and Vernon's wife Sandy.

(l-r) Sandy, Vernon, Michael, Sharon
We had umbrellas with us, because it was raining. But as we reached the end of the pier and looked out into the deep blue ocean, near where a boat had weeks earlier gone out to sea with Sally's ashes, the rain suddenly stopped. As the memorial got underway, the sun came out. We couldn't help think that Sally was there with us, on the pier not that far from where Sally once lived in Ocean Beach.
Looking out to sea.
Bob and Cordelia
I read the poem "Stay Gold" by Robert Frost. He was Sally's favorite poet, and she typically referred to him as "Bobby Frost." Michael reminded us that when he was attending the University of Redlands, Frost had gone to the campus to talk informally with students. Mike had invited Sally, and she met Frost in person. Sally kept Frost's Leaves of Gold book on her dresser when we were kids. So it was special to read the following poem at her memorial:
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Then, each of us took a red rose and pulled the petals, one by one, and dropped them into the ocean. As we did that, we played Stevie Wonder's song, "Stay Gold." The rose petals covered the water and then slowly moved out to sea.
Sally in the Laguna Mountains
Another poem that Sally enjoyed was "Feed Thy Soul" by poet Moslih Eddin. She taught me the lines when I was in junior high school. Her point in teaching it was to say, "Be good to yourself." I recited this verse at the memorial (which is a partly modernized version):
If of all thy worldly goods thou art bereft
And of thy store have but two loaves left
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
A little while later, once we had walked off of the pier and back to our cars, the rain started up again.  It marked the end of the memorial. Farewell, Sally -- sister, daughter, mother, grandmother, and dedicated employee of the FBI. You are missed.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saying Happy Holidays With a Vintage Card

By Cathy Scott

Happy Holidays, one and all! This year is a Christmas of memories. So it's only fitting to post a vintage Christmas card with a photo of our parents, Eileen and Jim Scott, with my late sister Sally and brothers Mike and Jon (Cordelia and I weren't born yet), Our mother was being clever when she typed "Guess Who?" in the "from" portion of the card.

Stay well, safe, happy and healthy this holiday season!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

More Vintage Photos

Mike and Mother (who's pregnant with Sally) in Minnesota
By Cathy Scott

My big brother Mike has the spotlight today in most of these photos.

One of the pics is of our Mom and Michael, taken while Mother was pregnant with Sally (she was 13 months younger than Mike), in North Pines, Minnesota. Mother's holding a smiling Mike while in front of the Daisy Mae and Lil' Abner cabins on Lake Superior. Quite a vintage photograph!
Mike with Dad
And, of course, all the pictures of Mike and Sally as toddlers are nothing short of precious.

But the one of Mike learning to walk with our Dad is a special moment in time. Father and son made for a handsome pair.

It's been a healing process, posting photos of my big sister Sally, who passed away in November. Most of the photos we've been posting have been stuck in family albums for years and are now just seeing the light of day.
Sally and Mike, with a ball, at a park with Mother
This photo of Mike (below) -- always smiling -- and Sally on the lawn with our Mom was taken when Sally was 1 year old and Michael was 2. And check out the the David Archuleta-looking 'do Mike is sporting.
Mike, Mother and Sally
Many of the photos -- but not all -- were included in albums that Cordelia and Sally painstakingly put together -- customizing them for all five of us siblings -- and gave them to us as Christmas gifts some years ago. Posting these photos has been a shot back in time, for sure, and a therapeutic one.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Family photos - a short story

By Cathy Scott

Here are more stories to continue telling the story of the Scott kids through photos, in remembrance of our sister, Sally, who recently passed away.

Sally was a big sister, little sister, daughter, mother and grandmother. But in these photos, she's a toddler, and a happy one. The photos are pulled from our family albums (thanks to my twin sister, Cordelia, for scanning them).
Napoleon Bonaparte's famous quotation, "A picture is worth a thousand words," is so true.

In the first two photos, our Mother, Eileen, is holding Sally next to a lake in Michigan, where Sally was born. Sally was just 6 months old. The smiles on both of their faces speak volumes.
The next photo (above) was taken around the same time with Mike, Sally and our Dad, Jim Scott. It appears they were still living in Michigan at that time and hadn't yet moved back to San Diego.

And, finally, this last photo--one of my favorites--is of Sally in a child's walker, with Michael standing with one foot on it, ready to go. They're beaming from ear to ear.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Bottle House

Mike (left), Sally and Jon at The Bottle House at Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town.

Our parents took us kids on great outings. Cordelia found this wonderful photo (top) of Mike and Sally, as well as of our brother Jon (Cordelia and I weren't born yet), standing with an Indian trader, in costume, in front of The Bottle House on Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California.

Coincidentally, we knew, as children, that the co-founder of Knott's Berry Farm was named Cordelia, because it was such an unusual name. (Cordelia--named after our paternal grandmother--recently wrote on her blog about her name.)

I found a history of The Bottle House online and a vintage photo (above).

The Bottle House, according to the Knott site, was built from more than 3,000 empty wine and whiskey bottles turned inward, so the bottles wouldn't whistle in the wind. When the light hits the glass angled toward the interior, it shines colored light. The building was found in a deserted California mining town and relocated to Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town.

Our sister Sally enjoyed and collected antiques, so a photo of her standing in front of a frontier building is special. She looked pleased to be there.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Remembering our Sister Sally With Fun Family Photos

Sally & Nosey
By Cathy Scott

Cordelia has been going through our family albums, scanning pics, and has come across some incredible--and cute--photos, including one of Sally with Nosey, our family dog (left), at our back door.

And there's one of a very young Mike and Sally with our Mom and neighborhood kids.

Sally, 2 years old, posing for the camera
Really precious is this photo of Sally standing, with a big bow in her hair and a great smile on her face, in the family front yard. (And don't forget to check out the vintage car in the background in a nearby driveway.) Not to mention one of Sally with a wicker doll stroller.

Sally pushing a doll stroller
Then, there's a photograph of Sally, Cordelia, me and Mike with Mike's soapbox car. He was quite the soapbox builder and racer, and our Dad helped him build it. Mike was generous and took all of us for rides.

And there's a precious pic of Mike and Sally sitting on a zebra-striped burro (or is that a donkey?)  with our parents in Tijuana, during safer times.

But one of my favorite photo is us five kids on a porch laughing and having fun. Enjoy!
Cathy & Cordelia (front), Mike, Jon & Sally (back)
Mike, Sally, friends and our Mom

Eileen (Mother), Sally, Mike, and Jim (Dad)

Sally, Cordelia, Cathy & Mike with his soapbox car

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Reflection, More Photos

This is a portrait of our sister, Sally Scott, who recently passed away. It's believed to be one of the last solo portraits taken of her.

Below, is a photo of us girls with our Mother, who loved to treat us to lunch at La Valencia Hotel, on the  patio in La Jolla, or Anthony's Fish Grotto, either in La Mesa or at the foot of Broadway on San Diego Bay. Looks like we were standing in front of a courtyard after lunch. We were all very young!

Cathy, Sally, Mother, & Cordelia (all with Ali MacGraw hairstyles)

And here's a great pic of Sally and Michael, standing in the Scott family's front yard, on Raymond Place in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego.

Sally and Mike Scott in the front yard