Wednesday, July 15, 2009

RIGHT THERE

Got a lovely surprise when one of my oldest and dearest friends Facebooked me to let me know she was going to be in Portland for a few days, and could we do lunch? She's lived in Louisiana for years now, and I haven't seen her since her father's funeral, five years ago.

Missy, Melissa now to those that haven't known her since she was a baby, is a big part of my childhood. After we had lunch I went digging in the basement for pictures of the two of us, and there were plenty. Every birthday party I ever had, there she was.

There in the pictures also, are my other childhood friends/cousins: Wendy, Julie, Emily and not pictured below, Rachel. I don't have a single happy childhood memory that doesn't involve one or more of them.

It caused me to rethink my childhood for a moment, to view it from this objective viewpoint. It was happy. It wasn't ideal, but there was happiness. I was cared for, parties were arranged in my honor, loved ones gathered, over and over again. It doesn't get much better than that, I don't think. Besides, who can't be happy living in a house with such great wall paper and a couch in the kitchen?

(L to R: Missy, me, someone I can't remember, Wendy)




















(Missy, me, Julie, Emily)




















(Missy's birthday this time, me on the far left, her next to me)













(Me pulling a face, Missy to the right, Emily)

















(Wendy, me, Missy, someone's head, Julie)

















(Me having a bad hair day, and Missy, cute as flippin' ever)

9 comments:

Suzy said...

You haven't changed a bit...
Love you

Suzy

Wanda said...

Both of you are pretty dang cute. Ah...remembering happy moments....

Jamie said...

Great pictures - love the decor too!!!

kario said...

You pulling a face? Nah.

LOVE the long pigtails.

Love what you call a "bad hair day."

Love Facebook.

kario said...

Oh, and I really love the new perspective. What a gem you are, my friend!

Melissa said...

I love the pictures! I am so glad you were able to dig those up. They bring back so many great memories. You look very cute- then and now!

Deb Shucka said...

Great pictures. Great healed awareness. Great bad hair.

Lola said...

LOVE RETRO and everyone should have a couch in the kitchen don't ya think (said with a Fargo accent:)
I really relate to the less than ideal childhood but still acknowledging special moments and people that cared xo

Go Mama said...

Love the look back in time.
Also the realization/remembrance that there was some sweet along with the difficult moments...

loved ones gathered in your honor....

let it seep in. it's working it mojo on me too.

thx