Feeling Nostalgic. (It's among my favorite emotions.)
Thursday, August 13, 2009

This week I received a letter from my Great-Aunt; enclosed with the letter was a picture of my Mom and Uncle when they were little. She thought it was "a cute one", and I totally agree.

I think this picture was taken at my Uncle's graduation from Kindergarten. (Circa 1960?) I like to think about my Grandparents as parents of these two small children. Grandma and Grandpa were once where I am now, parenting little ones in the throes of white tights, hair bows, and endless school events. And they came out on the other side. There's hope for me yet.

When I was stashing away this picture, I got drawn into going through all the pictures in the huge shoe box full of random shots I've collected (and snatched and stolen from Grandma) over the years.

I love this one of the same Uncle, taken his Sr. Year of High School:

This picture was taken in 1973. It's now 2009, and approximately 87% of the high school boys I know at church are wearing this exact hair style. All things old are new again. (Not that you're "old" dear Uncle....ahem.)

Remember the post I did a while back about growing up at the lake? And how my grandparents graciously tolerated the "prepubescent, loud and giggling friends" that were at their house all summer long? I give you the prepubescents:

Ahh...life before teenage angst. 1988. 11 years old. Back when flirting with a boy meant you acted like you despised him and did the best you could to completely ignore him. Well, that's what I did anyway. In this picture, I'm standing as far away as possible from the boy I had a crush on all through elementary school. I would go on to keep the "despising/ignoring technique" as my primary flirting tool for a good 3 or 4 years after this picture was taken.

Remember this post, about my love of Bette Midler? Sadly, I have photographic proof that I really was that weird.

Also...I was 10 years old....so why does it appear my shoes are on the wrong feet?

And look at the sweet young faces:

I was 18 years old and a freshman in college. Pretty much completely ignorant of what the future held. We weren't yet engaged....Jonathan was a business major and I had no inclination he would wind up in full-time ministry.....neither of us had a clue we would end up becoming Texans....

I love how much life has happened since that picture was taken. Most of it we never saw coming.

Blogger Kelly had this to say:

I can totally see Lauryn in your mom in that first picture. And a bit of you in the second picture of your uncle. Fun.

Also, I had no idea you had blond hair growing up. :)

August 13, 2009 at 3:35 PM 

Blogger Danielle Giffen had this to say:

my favorite childhood memories are at the lake w/you & ur family!! :) p.s. ur mom still looks the same :)

August 13, 2009 at 3:50 PM 

Blogger Tina had this to say:

These are great, Starr!
I agree with Kelly on seeing Lauryn in your mom. And I see Dylan in Jonathan in the last one.
This was fun!
Is that Danielle next to you in the pubescent one?

August 13, 2009 at 5:26 PM 

Blogger Cash Clan Japan had this to say:

Please, please, please tell me names of people (left to right) in that prepubescent photo.

Also, seriously? You had NO inclination that Jonathan would be in ministry? I'm pretty sure I did! At 14, I could have imagined you easily as a pastor's wife, girl. :-)

August 14, 2009 at 4:04 AM 

Blogger King of New York Hacks had this to say:

I'm totally going to single headedly bring back that hairstyle !!!! lol

August 14, 2009 at 10:38 PM 

Anonymous Jessica had this to say:

Do we ever see it coming??... It always seems like one big surprise...looking back...

August 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM 

Anonymous Cheri Poe had this to say:

I totally see Lauryn in your Bette Midler photo. Never fully appreciated the likeness before. Love how your personality is on display in the group photo. And I see adorable little Danielle on the right.

August 15, 2009 at 11:55 PM 

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