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archival tendencies.

i have very few pictures from my childhood, much less candid shots of my family as a whole...

(l-r) pat, mom, me, dad (holding hildi?), pam, kim and eric. c.1967

so, when my sister-in-law dar passed this along to me (saved by my cousin tom) i found myself studying each minute detail - the body language, facial expressions, clothing and hair styles...even the reflection in the window. i'm desperately investigating a time that is forever gone. there's a part of me that wants to leap into this visual piece of evidence and retrieve the memories that have long since laid dormant in my mind.

when my parents divorced in the early 80's, i recall certain family members divvying up the household goods, almost as if my parents had died. being at the tender age of 15, i can tell you that family trinkets and heirlooms were the last thing on my mind. while my siblings bickered over who would get the monopoly game or gravy boat, i was wracked with hormones and worried about surviving alone with my dad and his soon to be new wife in their house clear across town.

i pass by my childhood house each and every time i visit iowa city.. a modest ranch house (painted barn red!), swimming in a sea of massive historical relics. i was ashamed of my house growing up, craving the character and mystic appeal of all my friend's older homes.

but, now i'd like to roam the halls of that house, smell the walls, touch the counters, walk on the creaky basement steps...see remnants of a family not yet interrupted.

so, i'll covet this photo, and any others i receive in the future..


Apr. 22nd, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
Yes that is hildy that Dad is holding. We all look so happy to have the picture taken. I wonder if this was for a Christmas card. Sadly I remember the orange shirt Dad is wearing. And as usual, I am in blue. Mom thought I should wear it since my eyes are blue. Hmmmmmmm, maybe that's why I stay away from the pastel shades now? I like bolder colors or hippie colors. HA! P.S. the trip went great, call and we can talk about it. If you have time, try e-mailing or calling Sara, I would be interested in what she says to someone other than me. OH,Oh, Oh- I petted a horse and a calf and a lamb and held a piglet and saw several calves being born. It was fun. Love, pammy.
Apr. 22nd, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: pammy
hey pammy!

i think dad is looking particularly buff in this shot, yah? and the ORANGE!!! wow, who knew sears could set such trends??? and i think you look good in any color. funny, i don't recall mom dressing me in brown to set off my eyes.

and i heard you were headed north (from dar) cannot WAiT to catch up..sounds like you BOTH had a good experience.

love you,

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