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I’m almost embarrassed to admit this. Poring through old photos of our young children evokes feelings similar to my feelings when they were born. Wonder. Disbelief. Gratitude. Joy.
Looking back, I see their personalities, and the beginning of their life-long friendship with each other. It’s like looking at two exotic flowers I didn’t even know existed. And they’re right here in front of me. Especially in their spirits and personalities.
Of course I’m looking through my mother-eyes. But this isn’t just about pride—though I’m proud of their characters then and now. It’s more than that. I see an unself-conscious acceptance of whatever is before them. New, mysterious, exciting, captivating. All of it. Just as it is, and just as they are. Unfiltered and unchecked.
It’s 1973. We’re moving from Columbia, South Carolina to Altadena, California. D and I are about to begin seminary studies. We take a long vacation-style trip across the southern states and then up into the northwest before coming down the coast to southern California. These few photos capture more than the scenery.
That’s all folks! Until later, have a great weekend. If possible, tell some children how much you enjoy their company and why.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 3 December 2015
Photo credit: DAFraser, August 1973