Hello! Howdy! Hola!
Do you like time traveling? (I hope you said yes!) Because I think its super cool. Would you like to join me in my time machine as we travel back in time? I think the year 1959 would be a good place to start. And here we go….
My time machine is called Super Quick Upcycled Interdimensional Doohicky, but you can call her Squid for short. First, we will travel to Saint Louis, Missouri. Melissa McGragauh (my mom) was born March 1, 1959, to parents Judith and Roy (although everyone calls him Cookie) McGraugh. You see, Melissa was born in an Irish-German Catholic family that owned a bakery in STL. Her family enjoyed spending time together, baking, and cooking! Now, if we travel forward in time just a few months and few days to October 6, 1959, we will find in Blue Hill, Nebraska, a town of 730 people, James Barnason (my dad) was born. James was born to Marguerite and Duane Barnason. The couple owned a grocery store a few blocks from their house, several horses, pigs, and chickens as well as a few hundred acres of corn fields. Melissa the first of three children, and Jim the last of four children could not have had more different childhoods. Melissa, a city girl, and Jim a farm boy. Jim grew up to be a butcher in the family grocery store in high school, and then a computer science engineer for a software company, while Melissa studied Art History and became a stay-at-home Mom and part-time secretary.