Nov 18, 2009

Pictures of ME. . . Beware.

As a "treat" (?) I decided to introduce you to the young me. I mean YOUNG. Then you'll see the older me. Are you excited? Are you ready? Are you sitting down?

I thought it would be fun as I'm sort of going through a bit of a time machine as we're preparing to move my MIL in with us. She has been in my life since I was 16yo. And, that was a long time ago!

I'll start at the beginning:

Way back when I was born there was only black and white film. In the "dark" ages. Get it? Never mind. (Notice the chair fabric. This picture is from 1963. The chair is pre-dates me.)

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Somehow they developed color by the time I got to second grade. I think that "clenched lip" smile was due to hiding some missing teeth. (My mom made that dress. I loved that dress. I also had several with rick rack. I loved rick rack.)

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With a HUGE jump we get to high school. My sister is on the left, my mom in the middle, and I'm on the right. I have no idea what size those skin-tight, straight-legged jeans were, but I weighed all of 108. (All the pictures of me in between second grade and tenth grade are at my sister's house. Consider yourself spared. You're welcome.)

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I played the flute in the marching band. For some reason they thought it was a good idea for the band members to wear wool uniforms. In Florida. In the Fall. My hair shows the results of such interesting decision making. (BTW, that "bucket' that I'm carrying is my HAT. It's called a shako and was a tall plastic thingy with fake fur on the outside. Plastic with fur on it. In Florida.)

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Next is college. Back then we still "did" corsages. That's my husband. He and I were not quite 20, but the moustache made him look MUCH older, don't you think?

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Now it's 1985 and we're about to get married. I decided to grow out my nails for the wedding. I also tried out some Press-On Nails. Can you tell which is which? It's really tricky... (Lady Di was my inspiration.)

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The Wedding Day. I'm finally Mrs. L after dating for five years. We were almost 22 years old.

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This next picture was taken about two years before J came along. I was unaware of the photographer and I think I was in the buffet line at a wedding. My expression is either one of reflection about my own wedding--or I'm just eyeing up the entree. That's my sister in front of me. I think she spotted the dessert table gauging by the smile on her face...

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This is one of my favorite pictures of J and me. He was six months old and would always reach up to pat my face when I held him like this. Let's pause for a moment of baby bliss.

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Which brings us to today. Nope, no current pictures! I think you've had enough, anyway. Perhaps in another decade. . .

8 comments:

Packrat said...

Gosh, you and your family are so beautiful. This made me cry - happy tears. (I still have 10 years or so on you - you baby, you. Grins)

Roxanne said...

You're so sweet!

I wished I looked like that now. (Notice there were no pictures of my 46yo self!)

Where does the time go? Looking at those pics, seeing my child, beginning to take care of the woman who was MY age now when I first got married is really making me aware that I've got to treasure each day.

And go on a diet.

Packrat said...

Life is too short to diet. We can be a little more careful about what we eat and cut back a little, but actually diet? Nah.

Jitterbug said...

What a treat indeed! Believe it or not, I wore an almost identical black "fur" hat with my marching band gear freshman year. Sophomore year, they bought new uniforms and I traded in my fur for a --- wait for it --- white plastic ten-gallon hat. Oy.

Beautiful pictures, Roxanne! You and your sister have matching smiles!!!

Roxanne said...

Jitterbug--You mean they foisted those hats on OTHER bands? I have to admit, though, that the shako and the ten gallon hat could hold a whole bunch of stuff. You could get a 3-course meal in there.

What did you play? I played the flute.

Jitterbug said...

Another thing we have in common! I played the flute freshman year, then switched to "the pit" sophomore year to play the bells, xylophone, cymbals, etc.

Trixie said...

Oh Roxanne! You have the most beautiful smile. Thank you so much for sharing your photos -- I love to look at family photos.

Trixie

Roxanne said...

Trixie--Thank you. It's hard to believe all those pictures are of me. Where DID the years go?

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