This one really reminds me of Bushia and “the big room” and big family dinners at holiday times. Pickled beets were very festive with their deep red color and tangy taste.
The big room! I remember it being long and narrow; dimly lit with two long rows of twin metal framed beds along each wall. They seemed to go on forever….were there twenty beds? Why were they there? …I don’t ever remember contemplating that question in my 5 year old brain. I only remember the slightly dusty smell, the crinkly linoleum in the back bathroom, Jaja’s dark, cave-like gardening work room at the very end…and jumping on all those beds!! Was it Jon or Peggy jumping with me?
The beds were mostly for the duck hunters. Busia and Jaja would rent the room out during hunting season.
Your Dad, you and I lived in the big room for about 6 months or maybe a year when we were traveling back and forth from Colusa to Cottage Grove, Oregon every 2 weeks. You had your 1st Birthday in their house.