Monday, April 02, 2007

CNJ Blast from the Past

LUCKY DUCKS: The Clarks in transition.

Many readers have written the Clarks of New Jersey (CNJ) seeking highlights and stories from the early days. “This family of laughter and tranquility,” reads a typical letter, “how and under what circumstances did it develop?”

CNJ responds to reader feedback with “Blast from the Past,” a new feature that offers readers historical analysis plus full-color digital photography – all for the same incredibly low price!

Let us go back to the year 2005. We find the Clarks of New Jersey living with the Clarks of Pennsylvania (a.k.a. Mimi and Poppy). Mom carries Natalie in her belly, and Dad commutes to his job in New York City by bus, a two-and-a-half-hour ordeal – each way!

Despite the hardships, CNJ reflects fondly upon this three-week Pennsylvania episode, a transition chapter in the family’s relocation from 57 Main Street to 56 Voorhees Place. Highlights from this period include dinner dates at country inns, delicious desserts at Pocono ice cream parlors, and multiple visits to the Milford Fair (see photo).

Best of all, we lived under the loving eye of Theo’s grandparents, and with joyful anticipation of baby Natalie’s birth.

Those were the days!

Note to readers: Comment on this Blast from the Past for a chance to win a free ticket aboard the Friends of Milford Public Library Bus Trip to beautiful Passaic Falls in Paterson, N.J. (Lunch not included.)

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