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I have a wooden plaque thingy featuring one of those black/white photographs of kids that were so popular back around the 1980’s. You know the ones -- they had one spot of color, the most famous,I think, is of a 9 year old boy in a suit giving a 9 year old girl in a dress a rose, the kids look old-timey and are in black and white but the rose is in color.

Anyway, my picture is of a wee little red haired girl in a pinkish hat laughing at something a brunette girl in a pale straw colored hat is saying. They look to be about six or seven. I’ve had it since high school. I think we bought two, one for me and one for my friend Lisa because at the time we were best friends and we actually looked like the little girls in the picture. Or I suppose the little girls looked like they could grow up to become us. I wrote “April and Lisa, 1976” on the back next to the price tag and the manufacturer’s code and the instructions for how to hang it.

It managed to survive moving, marriage, and several decluttering attempts over the past 20 years and for some reason it’s in my office at work now. One day when my parents were up for lunch and killing time looking around my office while I finished with a phone call my dad spotted the picture, read the inscription, and became really concerned because I didn’t meet Lisa until 1984. How could I possibly have a picture of us from 1976?!!? I mean *really* concerned. He wouldn’t stop talking about it no matter how much I tried to explain it wasn’t me and Lisa and it wasn’t taken in 1976. My dad is a very smart man, yet it took at least ten minutes to convince him it wasn’t us – even after pointing out the price tag, the manufacturer’s code, and the instructions for how to hang it. I still that really funny. Now I have two reasons to smile whenever I see it on my shelf.

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sarahtoalaska
Aug. 12th, 2011 09:50 am (UTC)
I've kept a picture or two like that... some of them are just so cute. I kind of have a thing for old pictures. Sometimes I wonder why I buy them, why I keep pictures of people I never knew.
madladyred
Aug. 13th, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I actually think about you whenever I see old photographs! I try to see if they are the lost loved one photos. (I can't remember the proper name for them.)
sarahtoalaska
Aug. 13th, 2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Post Mortem. Once you start looking for them, it's hard not to. But now I always wonder, is this a happy photo, or am I missing something. Maybe that's kind of sad, but I figure that if it IS a sad picture, at least I will still love it.
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