Sunday, January 06, 2008

Young raconteur

As I was cleaning up my desk, I found some old photos my mom sent me. In these photos, I'm almost three years old and I'm telling stories:


"Once upon a time in a city far off in the distance..."


"And then the brave, kind girl..."

January 7, 2008 update: At HipWriterMama's request, here is a photo of Lucia at around the same age:

One of the key differences between us at these ages may not be immediately apparent, but I believe to be true: Lucia has always known how lovely she is, whereas I always suspected adults were lying and merely saying what they thought they were supposed to say when they complimented me. The big reason was that I was self-conscious of my long, uncut hair. More than stylish clothes or new toys, those braids set me apart from other children, and I felt them to be a burden--literally. It was heavy and cumbersome. I always wanted short hair. With Lucia, I decided that her hair would be kept fairly short until she expressed an opinion otherwise. Now, she's growing out her hair for the braids that she wants every now and then, but I still try to keep it to a managable length.

15 comments:

TadMack said...

Aw, man! And you were allowed to put your feet up on the table and everything!!

How much you look exactly the same!!! Your expression is so absorbed - you didn't really even care that she was photographing you. SO cute.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Wow, TadMack! That was quick. I just posted this a few minutes ago. You are very kind. I too am surprised I was allowed to put my feet on the table, as I was in my maternal grandparents' house.

Lone Star Ma said...

SO cute! You look older than that - like almost four. But the runt over here clouds my estimating capacities. A storyteller from the very beginning! Remind me someday to send to you the LSG's three-year-old masterpiece - The Nice Bee.

SevenImpossible said...

PUNKIN PUDDIN HEAD SUGAR BRITCHES!!!! (where's Eisha when you need her to do her string of cute-exclamations that she's so good at? I'll have to email her about this post, so she can work her magic, though her computer's broken, blast it) . . .

Jules, 7-Imp

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

LSM: Hmmm, I'm having doubts about the age now. However, the photos are stamped January 1975, and I'm guessing they were taken in December 1974, then printed a month later. I was born in March 1972, so there's the math. I'd love to see "The Nice Bee."

Jules: Ho ho, I knew you wouldn't be able to resist a "sugar-britches" exclamation. :) When are we going to have a "name that blogger" baby/child photo display?

Lady K said...

How CUTE are YOU???!!!

I know I'd know you on the street if we passed.

xoxo!

Lady K said...

P.S. HOLY COW, Lucia is lucky to have a mom so pretty. I can see the resemblance.

HipWriterMama said...

I love the pictures! You should post pictures of you at this age and Lucia at the same age so we can see the resemblance. Beautiful!

I want to put my feet up on the table!

adrienne said...

Oh my gosh, you are SO CUTE!

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Lady K: Thanks! You are so sweet.

HWM: Ask, and ye shall receive.

Adrienne: Oh, pshaw already!:)

HipWriterMama said...

Oh. My. Goodness. This is wonderful. Lucia is beautiful. And you...I can't believe you were self-conscious about beautiful, long hair. You do realize that girls envy this sort of thing?

Yorkshire Pudding said...

AW! You were so cute back then! What the hell happened?
Maybe Lucia will foster hang ups about how her liberated mother always had her hair cut short when she wanted plaits (English for braids!).

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

YP: I keep telling you-- adolescence happened! And on the early side, too. Sigh. I'm sure Lucia will find plenty to have hang-ups about,except that she is going to be so strong and bold that these hang-ups will roll right off of her. Hojotoho!

HWM: I'm guessing that people often want what they don't have. It's funny-- for years, I had people hassling me to cut my hair. After I cut my hair (because I wanted to), I started getting suggestions to grow my hair out. The world's a busybody.;)

Noodle said...

Adorable photos, both you and Lucia!

Lone Star Ma said...

We always say that that the LSG didn't know she was cute the way the LSB does - but we are not complementing the LSB when we say it! She's a hambone! You and Lucia are both gorgeous!