Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Those Were The Days


When I was a little girl, I was privileged to live in a house with an enormous yard with only one enormous tree - a flowering peach.  My friends and I spent many hours under that tree until my parents put a shed at the back of the yard - a shed that was not for storage, but for a playhouse. They bought me a toy kitchen complete with sink, refrigerator, stove and kitchen table with four little chairs.  When we got too old for that sort of thing, it became a clubhouse where my friends and I kept our collections of rocks, glass and sea shells. We wrote a clubhouse song about wanting to live an outdoor life.

Those were the days of miracles and wonder. (Thank you, Paul Simon).

When we moved when I was twelve, somehow we forgot it all. As far as I know, all those rocks and shells and pieces of glass are still there. I know the shed is as we pass that old house when we visit my parents.

I have not even one photograph of the playhouse. Not one.

And yet my parents took a multitude of photographs of me in my cute little dresses and hats (it was the 1960's after all) parked in front of the flowers that populated my parents' yard. Most of the flowers were in the front, but there was a patch of roses in the back near a particularly prickly neighbor's yard. (That would be the photo in the top right corner). 

This layout has just three of those many photos.  So many were the same that there seemed no point in putting them all in an album. So, those reside in the same box from whence they came, still curled and crinkled and getting curlier and crinklier. I will probably never look at them and yet - and yet - I cannot quite bring myself to just toss them away.  

After all, they are, as far as I am concerned, priceless antiques, part of those days of miracles and wonder.

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Layout Information

This is not a particularly artful layout, but the grid system works perfectly for those old 3x3 photos with the white borders.

Supplies: all papers - SEI; ribbon - unknown source; brads - Oriental Trading Company; marker - Zig by EK Success; wooden flourish - Kaiser Craft; butterfly sticker - K and Company; dew drops - Robin's nest; love sticker - unknown; metal flower - Imaginisce; chipboard letters - Maya Road; paint - Plaid.