|The Eastman Family Car and Trailer -- 1941|
In 1941 the Eastman Clan -- a young father and mother and their 10 children -- left good ol' South Dakota and headed southwest to the promised land -- Los Angeles, California.
My Mom was one of those 10 children, but she was just one year old at the time and has no recollection of the trip. My Aunt Helen, however, who's just a tad bit older than Mom, still has vivid memories of the trip to Los Angeles and their first night in their brand new three bedroom, one bath home:
"It had a toilet with running water! And that first night, all us kids flushed it over and over until Dad finally came in and told us enough."
What a cute memory. Children really are delighted by the simplest of things, which I think we've somehow forgotten in today's society.
A few years after the Eastman Clan settled in, baby #11 was born. And with the birth of my Aunt Bea, the Eastman Clan was complete. Having lots of Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins really made growing up a lot of fun!
Life is good.