Thursday, September 14, 2006

Polaroids from My Childhood

(From left to right) Me, Leanne, Christie and Marie in Christie's Arms
Leanne, Christie and Me in Front of our House circa 1976

My distant cousin Dixie Davidson Furlong came to Los Angeles recently and she had just come back from visiting her family home in Bladensburg, Ohio (pop. 200, 50 miles NE of Columbus). It's the town where my paternal grandmother was born and raised. She surprised me with these images which I'd never seen before. They were taken by her with a Polaroid Land Camera probably around 1976 when she lived with us for a year. It brought back some great memories including how cute and adorable my baby sister, Marie, was.

My parents were avid gardeners and if you look closely at the second photo you can see hibiscus, a lemon tree, marigolds, iceland poppies, pansies and we always grew a batch of strawberries in our front yard. I recently visited my sister Leanne up in Oakland and she literally had almost all of these things growing in her own backyard. It was like going back in time.

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