I am, alas, at a kind of disadvantage
when it comes to childhood photos.
My parents weren't exactly shutterbugs,
so there aren't many photos to help me tell the stories
of my childhood.
I don't blame my parents for this, though --
there are even less photos of them as children.
Still, what I do have is precious:
there is the memory of my childhood days,
the images that my mind's eye has collected,
and the few photos that did emerge from that time.
I am making the best of those that I do have,
some of which are hair-larious.
Yes, that tow-headed blondinka is me.
My hair is sort of the focal point of this layout, isn't it? Ha.
It could be anywhere on this layout and still be the focal point, actually.
Photos like this are the subject of my layouts
for this month's JBS Mercantile kit,
which juxtaposes vivid and energetic colors and accents
with soft, nuanced, and nostalgic textures and patterns --
perfect for those yesteryear photos.
As I was going through my stash of old photos,
I found this one
and emailed it immediately to my mother.
She wrote back:
"Just the other morning when I went walking, I was reflecting on how quickly my babies grew up. In this photo, I could feel your warm, loving little bodies and I cried."So, of course, I started bawling,
and I also started this page:
It is funny how I once looked at this photo
and saw myself in that little blond baby,
and now, when I look at this photo,
I see myself in my mother, as a mother.
I am not sure how Jenni does it,
but she always chooses her kits
to match my moods and preoccupations each month.
For instance, I've been thinking a lot lately about my old teachers.
In a sense, I've been thinking through them.
When I saw these 7gypsies book covers in the kit,
I knew what their fate would be:
a mini-book about what I have learned
(and unlearned) from my teachers.
I feel good about these layouts,
not just because they were made with love, out of love,
but because they indicate
that the past is alive, the past is present.
Something more than a camera clicks
in order to create a memory.