Wednesday, August 22, 2007

O is for... Old photos

Pictures from other people's childhoods are a source of great fascination to me. Pouring over them to see if there are any signs of the adult they are to become. So I thought I'd share a few of mine.

My little friend Kirsten and I, in Fiji on my second birthday. She's got the balloon (and some fabby rick rack trim going on) and I've got reading matter - bookworm then, bookworm now.

My brother and I at some petting zoo in Holland. He is the same age in that picture as his eldest son is now and they are so similar - it's their expressions, right Tess?
And with my folks aged 6. We were living in the Cayman Islands at the time and my Dad was playing in the band for a production of South Pacific. This was opening night, all dressed up in our best south sea islander finery. I still remember the words to most of the songs from the production. Check out my Mum rocking that halter top look too!
I'm in the middle of reading Tokyo Cancelled by Rana Dasgupta - thirteen passengers stranded overnight in an airport amuse one another by telling stories. One tale deals with a 'memory editor' whose job it is to sift through the memories of strangers, cleansing them of painful experiences to create a DVD. It is marketed under the name 'MyPast' to individuals of a generation forgetting their own history. Something about it reminded me of the experience of blogging. Perhaps I need to take my role as 'memory editor' more seriously.

9 comments:

kirsten said...

i love old photos, too - you've traveled a lot!

Megan said...

I can really see the face of your boys in you and your Mum! I love looking at old photos too - I always had a cheeky grin on my face. It would be so cool to visit myself back then.

Candlestring said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. What lovely people you and yours are.
I also know the words to South Pacific. "There is nothin' like a dame..."
As a matter of fact, you could try me on most of those 60's musicals and get a few lines of song out of me ;)

Crabby Amy said...

OK...honestly the first thing I thought of when I saw the old pics of you is that Mark (actually both of your boys!) looks like you! I don't know (can't remember right now) if I have seen "grown up" pics of you but the little girl pics show the resemblance. love, love, love looking at old photos! :)

dottycookie said...

How exciting to have lived all over as a child. Somehow Croydon doesn't sound nearly as enticing as Fiji!

heidicrafts@gmail.com said...

that sounds like a good book, i must add it to my list...

June said...

It is so fun seeing other people's family photos--y'all look so happy and having fun.

Your book sounds interesting. Wouldn't it be great if all of us could have our memories "adjusted" so we only remember the good things in life--ah well.

Heidijayhawk said...

those photos are priceless!

Kate said...

I never get tired of looking at old photos - what were the people thinking or feeling? How was their world different from mine? Even if the people in the photo are me!

Your brother really does look incredibly like your kids! My whole family actually looks quite dissimilar in photos, etc. but if you get all us cousins in one room, there's not doubt that we're family - it's in the way we use our faces, where we place our hands, how we hold our coffee cups. I love it.