Another CD of photos came from my father today. All were in black & white and there were some real favorites as well as some seriously scary shots. These surprise CDs make me happier than anything else that arrives in the mail.
Can I just tell you how much I love those saddle shoes? And that plaid coat? The coat was brown, I think. I was 4 years old in these pictures. My mom, my brother and I went to a park with a photographer and we gave the photos to my dad as a gift. What's funny is that I do exactly that now, as the photographer.
I can't believe I'm posting this one, but really. Look at the outfit, people. Go ahead, click for a larger image and really soak in the late 70's. A smocked sundress with a long sleeved plaid shirt? What was I thinking? I'm sure I thought I looked very cool. As a family, I don't think we can possibly look any geekier. Except my grandma - she looks adorable, of course. This is circa 1979 or 1980. Yikes.
I have no idea when my dad took this photo of me - clearly several years ago before my eyes started looking old. Wise? Old. I don't think I'd ever seen it before today, but it's my new favorite. I'll just stay looking like this in my mind's eye.
Okay, back to crafts with mailing deadlines. And remember. Plaid shirts and smocked sundresses never ever mix.
A surprise package arrived in the mail yesterday from my dad. Enclosed was a CD full of photos from my childhood - baby pictures, birthday parties, family vacations, beach photos. While most are far too embarrassing to share, I thought I'd post a few.
Grandma's beach cabin, where the kids and I went this summer.
Disneyland now (okay, 18 months ago):
No Minnie Mouse photo that year. She would only let the princesses get near her. Maybe when we go on Spring Break this year. Oh, and I highly recommend the Princess Dinner for a little girl birthday. It's still talked about.
Old friends that I haven't seen in years
Me on the left with Liesl, Lisa, Tracy and Kasey - a birthday slumber party. Kasey ended up working for me 9 years ago at an insurance brokerage. Totally random. I've exchanged emails with Lisa and should really see her the next time I'm home. Liesl ended up a slutty rocker chick in high school, which was sweet justice since her mother thought we were going to corrupt her and she was the only one who went that way. Don't know what happened to Tracy.
Old friends that are still friends
Vacation on Uncle Pervin's farm in Wanamingo, MN.
Unfortunately, long gone. How I wish I could take my kids there, in spite of the fact that what I remember most is being really homesick and laying in the barn loft wishing I could just fly home. We were on the colossal American road trip in our VW bus and I think I'd had enough. But the farm was great. There were sheep. I'd appreciate it much more now.
Dad, thanks so much for this treasure you sent our way and for all the time that went into putting it together. You brought tears to my eyes.