Monday, March 27, 2006

Theme o' the Week: A Picture of My Youth

Several of my closest personal pals, also known in my sidebar as "The Cat Pack," have been taking turns coming up with interesting themes for us all to write about on our blogs. Well, I guess I will take a turn at the theme game too. (Thanks to Just Babs for giving me this idea!)

This week's theme is "A Picture of My Youth." To play, post a picture of yourself from your childhood or growing up years and tell a story with the picture that lets us know who you were at that time, or gives us a special memory from your childhood.

If you want to participate, leave a comment here and I will link back to you at the bottom of this entry. Come on, everyone! Dazzle us with a picture of the younger you! My contribution is below.

I am not sure what age I was in this photo, but I think I was around 7.
At this age, I was a little shy, especially around adults.
I loved to play outside with my dog and dig in my sandbox.
At school recess, I liked to play chase and perform daring swing stunts.
I ran from the boys who tried to kiss me.
But, some of my best friends were boys growing up and that continued all through school.
Not really a tomboy, but not a frilly girl, I usually wore jeans to school.
My mother complained because I wore the knees out of my pants by falling when I played.
I still liked to dress up and feel pretty on special days.
I was nice to most everyone I met, and was scared of being bullied.
I wanted to be liked, but not enough to completely change who I was.
Still, I did try to impress the popular girls.
I enjoyed playing Barbies...yet begged my folks to buy me some Hot Wheels (they never did).
I loved to create, dance, sing, and be silly at my Grandmother's house after school.
I played alone a lot, being an only child most of my early years.
With that said, I never recall feeling lonely.
I liked to spend hours in my room drawing, reading, writing and dreaming.
I really loved the dress I wore in this picture.
I told my mother it made me feel like Alice in Wonderland.
Later this year, I would get to play Alice in my first school play.
It was a tribute to famous book characters.
I had no lines, which worked perfectly for my stage-shy self.
A year or so after this picture, my Mother convinced me to cut off my long blonde hair.
I got a "Dorothy Hamil" bob haircut for summer camp, because she said it was more practical.
She absolutely loved it, I really hated it, and it brought my father to tears.
I grew it back as soon as I could, but it never grew as smooth and blonde as it did before.
I wish I could grow my hair out like this to this day.
Check out these other "youngsters" at their great sites:
Nicole at 3 boys o' mine
Barbara at Just Babs


Blogger Libragirl said...

That's a great picture and a great story about being little. I have no pics from when I was a kid..I hated camaras, still do.

1:43 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Viamarie said...

How lovely you look. This is surely a great idea. It's a pity I won't be able to post mine today. I need to scan my pictures first. Is there an assigned date for posting?

5:08 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Such a cute one, you were! I had the Dorothy Hammill cut, too. She was my idol and my hair was too stringy to keep it long. Thanks for sharing. It brought back good memories.

6:27 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

You were so cute! My mother kept my hair cute very short until I was 12. She said it was too unruly to grow out. I hated it. Now, I refuse to cut it! :)

Have a great day!

7:38 AM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous Theresa said...

Aww, what an adorable picture! My mom made me get that same haircut, by the way, and I hated it!

8:51 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Shelli said...

You were really cute.

You sound like me at that age. Big surprise, huh?

9:12 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Lisa said...

Great picture and great story to go along with it. I also had the Dorothy cut because of it's simplicity.

Don't we all have that particular posed pic? Oh my gosh, just looking at it makes me think about "simpler times", ya know?

I can't play the heifer mother doesn't turn loose of any pictures - ever - so I don't have any around that age.

12:01 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Nicole said...

Funny how we always perceive ourselves so differently than others do. I wonder if anyone has self-confidence as a child? I don't think I've met one yet. I guess some are better at faking it than others.

I wrote a contribution on my blog for your theme. A fun idea!

2:57 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Praying for your Prodigal said...

What a fun group you are! Can I join you from time to time?????


5:32 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Mega Mom said...

You were adorable. I wish I was in possession of my "Hamburger Shirt Picture". The one where my Mom forgot it was school picture day and I went to school in pigtails with a boy's shirt (that I loved) on which was pictured a hamburger on the front that had arms and eyes!

6:39 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Crazy MomCat said...

LOL MegaMom! I had a school picture just like that in my Mr. Bubbles tshirt. HA!

Lisa, my heifer mother also hogs all my childhood possessions. I'll have to blog about stealing some of them back once...including this picture. HA!

Thanks for participating, Nicole. Anyone else interested, send me a comment if you post a picture and I'll link you on this post!

7:09 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I can't promise anything, but I'll go digging for one when the kids go down for their nap.

9:14 AM, March 28, 2006  

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