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Days Gone By.... By Rebecca Hudson

January 23, 2013

Back to growing up: my first automobile was a red 1965 Volkswagen Beetle, which I adored and dubbed the "Ladybug". 
  Back when I was growing up, the third of three girls and a boy, my family traveled frequently.  Looking back now, I give my parents much-earned credit for their tenacity and courage in loading up the 1963 Chrysler sedan with four kids and hitting the road so often. We not only traveled in the summer but winter months as well. We made regular visits to my mom's childhood home, "the Farm", in southern Iowa all year around, and we always took a summer vacation somewhere. 

With a family's worth of stuff to take along, the trunk was always strategically packed in a jigsaw-puzzle fashion by dad who declared that any and all cargo must be sitting on the driveway tarmac at the specified time or risk the fate of being left behind.  I'm sure he wouldn't have completely enforced that dictum and would have eked out one more spot to stow a late-comer in amongst the other baggage.  He prided himself in his keen knack of being able to stuff six suitcases and various other sundries into the moderately-sized car trunk. Lucky for us, because traveling in those times was much different than it is today. 

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