nieces and remembering

When I was their age, I wrote in homemade diaries, I noticed boys and hung out with Lynn at the schoolyard on Tuesday evenings to watch the town's marching band practice.  I got my ears pierced and my period.  I started babysitting.  The extraordinarily compassionate Jack Barnes was my teacher at Amherstburg Public School.  Thank goodness, because it was the only time in my life I was not self-assured. 

We went roller skating at the Amherstburg arena over the summer and wore homemade halter tops tied around the neck with shoestrings.  I wore eyeshadow for the first time; it would have been blue. We still listened to CKLW AM radio, and the Brady Bunch and the Partridge Family were still the shows to watch on Friday night. 

And funny – looking back on the movie screen in my mind, those days were always sunny.

If I could wish anything for Paige and Elaine, it would be that these days are sunny in their memories.  And that they get to have nieces.

Paige and Elaine on the cusp of teenagerhood: beautiful thing number 47.  


  1. Reply
    LindyLouMac in Italy June 30, 2011

    It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities, always enjoy reading your posts.

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    Steve capelin July 1, 2011

    Hello from Vanuatu. Such a lovely simple touching post. And what a great photo.
    I’m sitting in a traditional timber and thatched roof building built by locals as part of Tanna Lodge – our accommodation on this island for the next 8 days. The ocean swirls and folds a mere 100metres from my computer. Steve

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    Jennifer July 4, 2011

    Good to have you Lindy Lou!

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    Jennifer July 4, 2011

    Hi Steve! What a wonderful image you paint – and I’m honoured that my blog and me get to be there with you for a few moments! I can hear the ocean swirling in my imagination.

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