Wednesday, June 8th 2011
Flash From The Past

My sister, LaLa found an old picture of the two of us in front of the Harvest Gold refrigerator. It’s very Harvesty Gold. Beautiful. Functional.

LaLa and I are a bit Harvesty Gold, as well, thanks to overexposure and 70s era camera work. We’re pretty little, and clinging to each other as we share one chair that is placed in the middle of the kitchen for some reason.  LaLa’s pretty dark brown eyes stand out against all that yellow.

Actually, after much squinting, it becomes clear that one of us is WAY overexposed and I have no idea why there are no photos of me wearing, you know, SHIRTS. Why was I constantly half naked, and photographed as such…?

How did this happen? Why did no one toss me a shirt and say, here, put this on and smile for the camera. You’ll thank me in 30 years.

Sure, it was Texas and it was hot.

We had air conditioning.

My sister, who is FAR LESS COLD NATURED, was always clothed.

I was the younger one. Technically, the ‘baby’ of the family. But even Texas babies wear shirts and I was not one of those kids who was averse to clothing. I was easy going.  I was not constantly ripping clothes off. I just never had any on in the first place that were candidates for removal.

Perpetually, frustratingly topless until about age 7, if the photographic record can be believed.

Once I had to write a very stupid paper on what I’d do if I could travel back in time. I remember sitting at my 4th grade desk and not being able to come up with anything. I don’t know what I ended up writing about, but I really did not like the assignment. Sure, it’s waaaay too late now, but Mrs. Huff? I KNOW THE ANSWER NOW!! I’d go back with a suitcase full of shirts and DRESS. MY. SWEET. SELF, oh yes, I would.

Later today, we’re getting the refrigerator fixed. I hope. The milk is still an issue and the fridge REALLY needs to be fixed.

Maybe afterwards, I’ll pose in front of it and take a topless photo.

OH, RIGHT. I won’t do that because that would be WEIRD.

 

~hm

7 Comments on “Flash From The Past”

1
LaLa
June 9th, 2011
7:36 am

You really wore clothes less often than I did if the pictures are to be believed. Maybe mom could weigh in here with a theory…?

2
J-mom
June 9th, 2011
8:13 am

Well, it is a theory – not a memory. I was a believer in let your child dress herself from an early age so maybe you preferred the simplest choice in clothes. That also explains why LaLa appears in so many photos in Laura Ingalls Wilder hand-me-downs.

3
HolyMama!
June 9th, 2011
10:14 am

ugh.
Well, i do like convenience. And i do believe in letting kids dress themselves – which is why seth is often in orange plaid shorts and a clashing t shirt. but when i tell them to go dress themselves, they have to actually CHOOSE clothes and put them on. Apparently my freedom and right to self expression knew no such restriction. LaLa – sorry for all the times I made fun of your LIW hand me downs. Maybe THEN i’d rather be naked than wear them, but in hindsight this is not so true anymore.
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4
LaLa
June 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

It could have been worse. You could have chosen to be naked except for a sunbonnet.

5
Marjorie Rose
June 9th, 2011
8:03 pm

I blame our parents for your (and my) bare baby pics. Even a tank top would have been appreciated.

Yeah it would be weird now.. but admit it, you’d have fun! There’s always a “delete all” button :)

6
Kelsey
June 10th, 2011
8:54 am

laLa

i keep picturing the butter. and that didnt’ make any sense, but i couldn’t get rid of that image, and it was a lady in a blue bonnet and there’s blue bonnet brand butter and… no she isn’t naked.

am so tired. up with the littlest 2 last night.

marjorie rose,
ha! you must be significantly younger than i am. my generation is not so sure that would be fun!? (but it def made me laugh!)

7
Sarah
June 10th, 2011
10:24 pm

my girls are never clothed. i’m sure they’ll hate it later on, too. but i really appreciate the laundry it saves me.
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