Posted by: Bonnie Phelps | May 11, 2014

Mother’s Day on Palomar 1976


Just came across this photo and thought I’d share it with you, taken Mother’s Day 38 years ago.

A long, long, time ago, long before seat belts and car seats, our oldest son was born.  The next day was Mother’s Day. Couldn’t ask for a better day to leave the hospital.  I don’t know what I was thinking, I had Brandon in a little sweater set a friend had made, and a snow hat – because we were going home to Palomar  – it might be snowing!  Then I bundled him up in a blue and white quilt my grandma made.  (We left the pink one in the back of the car).  Had him on my lap all the way up the mountain.

We stopped at the Summit (because that is what Mother’s Kitchen and the General Store were called way back when).  You old timers would remember Ralph and Bev Kulk.  They owned the Summit when this baby’s daddy was the Resident Deputy Sheriff up here. Bev was so happy to meet this little guy, who was very happy to cool off a bit and get that snow cap off.    She ran back in the store and came out with this Palomar Mountain Sheriff’s Badge for the newest deputy on the Mountain.

We still have the badge, the blanket, and the boy.  Oh, but he is married now with boys and girls of his own.  So, we have had a chance to use the pink quilt, too.

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend.




  1. Thats back when Phelps & Contenelli were on the beat cruising around in their green and white trucks…..

  2. bonandon – beautiful ! Thank you – joe & carol

    Date: Sun, 11 May 2014 02:44:27 +0000 To:

  3. Bonnie

    I loved your story about bringing home the new baby. That was very special and the picture was great. I wasn’t fortunate enough to be able to have children, but I’ve done plenty of babysitting with nieces, Godchildren, etc. so I remember the days without car seats, seat belts, etc.

    Hope you are having a nice Mother’s Day.

    Alicelynn Cockrill

  4. Thanks, Bonnie. Lovely, intimate memories you shared. My memories of our first born in 1975 (Missoula, montana) are intimately similar tho vastly different in detail. Am reminiscing mother’s days on the shores of Kauai. Also very sweet. Aloha! Paula Litchfield

  5. Oop’s! And I remember Ralph and Bev!

  6. What a wonderful memory and story! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY Bonnie! (I’m old enough to remember the names at the summit!).

  7. Great story. Jim

  8. Thanks for sharing! Happy Mother’s Day Bonnie! ❤ Marcia

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