Shortly after Brian’s passing, I decided to create a scrapbook of memories for him. What began as one album quickly became two. Then three. Then four. And I eventually decided to cover each album with material representing his favorite athletic teams. Album No. 1 is covered with his favorite team: The Pittsburgh Steelers, I found the material from a seller on eBay and now have enough Steelers material to cover two albums. But then I wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. So I decided to decorate the remaining albums with material representing his other favorite teams.
We were living in the Missouri Ozarks when Brian became a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We were watching a Super Bowl on television in which the Steelers were dusting off the Dallas Cowboys. Early in the game, I asked, “Want to know which team is going to win, Brian? See the team with the black helmets?” (I confess I wanted the Steelers to win because some people I didn’t admire were rooting for the Cowboys! But I didn’t tell Brian that!) Anyway, Brian later informed me from that moment on, he became a die-hard Steelers fan! Album No. 1 covers 1968 (his birth in Louisville, Kentucky) int0 1975 (our move to Kansas City, Missouri).
Album No. 2 is covered with Kansas City Royals material–his favorite baseball team. We were living in Kansas City, Missouri when he was a little boy, and that was when he began following them. The second album begins with our move from Missouri to Colorado in 1980 through 1992 (his and his sister’s marriages). I found the material on eBay and just barely had enough to cover the album! However, I made it fit! Even though he was ill last fall, Brian watched the Royals win the World Series. He was thrilled since he had been waiting to see that for years! Album No. 2 covers 1975 (our move to Kansas City) through 1992 (Brian’s and Debbie’s marriages in Colorado.)
Album No. 3 is covered with his second favorite baseball team–the Colorado Rockies! Yes, he actually liked a team from Colorado! He often attended their games at Coors Field and looked forward to going. Whenever some of his relatives came to town, they went to those games with him as well. Album 3 begins with 1993 and concludes with 2010. (As can be imagined, Albums 2 and 3 are huge! I have to tote the things around in separate bags. I could probably use them for weight-lifting!)
Finally, Album No. 4 is covered with Broncos material–my fantasy, I suppose. I had to add the Broncos! Brian was not a fan, but he cheered for them when they were playing teams he didn’t like–i.e., certain teams who messed up Pittsburgh! He was really ill during this last Super Bowl, but he was delighted to see the Broncos win. So I feel justified in covering the last album with their material. This album begins with 2011 and ends in 2016. It is the smallest album partly because of the digitals I copied for the pages. The other three albums hold original photographs; a portion of the third and 98% of the fourth albums house the digitals. I created Word documents for the pages and inserted the jpgs on the pages. My HP printer did a marvelous job in printing them.
Putting these albums together has been a rewarding and a healing experience, but it is time to move on. There are a few pictures I’m still looking for, and I will insert them when I find them.
Now, I can finally return to genealogy!