Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Way Back Machine

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The time: Mid-20th Century
The place: Elementary School, somewhere in the midwest


While straightening up the storage area in the basement I came across a large plastic tote filled with photos. I briefly sorted through them in an attempt to pull out the older photos. I managed to amass quite a nice collection which I set aside. I came across the photo above which was a mystery to me. I don't remember ever seeing this before and at first glance I didn't recognize any of the children.

Looking closer I began to wonder at what point do our personalities express themselves? At birth? As a toddler? Certainly by kindergarten. Look at this bunch, they look like the stinking Little Rascals.

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Back row, left to right: Clueless Cowboy, Math Whiz, Destined for County Jail, Whiner.
Bottom row, left to right: Suzy Homemaker, Mama's Boy, Future Hairdresser, Another Whiner.

I do love the little Peter Pan collars.

On closer inspection I spotted the sweetest little girl.

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See her, on the bottom left? What a cutie, smiling so sweetly with her hands folded in her lap. What an adorable little dress. I bet she's a grandmother by now and I bet she's wonderful at her job as granny. At this point in time she's one sweet and happy little girl in Mary Jane shoes.

But wait......

Look at that little boy on the right in the back row. MR. MISCHIEF. I'd recognize that look anywhere.

It's the Farmer!!!!!

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Yep, he's spotted something off camera that promises a chance at some mischief. Perhaps there's a dog walking past and he's thinking about skipping storytime to chase after the dog. There's that wierd hair that will never behave and drives barbers crazy.

His shirt is nice and white. For sure......because the Other Mothers is the chemical industry's best customer. It's a wonder he can smell due to overexposure to chlorine bleach. He looks very well fed. I know there's plenty of sauerkraut and dumplings in his house.

Speaking of sauerkraut, I'm going to pop over to the Milk Man's WIfe to see if she's posted her tutorial on how to make homemade sauerkraut. Thank heavens she finally got herself a digital camera.

Thanks for visiting today. I was wondering, do you notice personality traits in childhood photos?

16 comments:

StitchinByTheLake said...

Isn't he a doll! No wonder you took him home with you! blessings, marlene

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lifeinredshoes said...

After working in a kindergarten class for the past few years I can say, yes, you can see their personalities. We do the same thing, that one's going to Harvard, the one will be on the national news, not for a good thing...

Louise said...

I LOVE THIS POST! I was laughing so hard at your identifications of the children in the front and back row. I'm sure you were so right!

Do I do that? A little, but not as well as you!

Jill said...

I love the photos! And yes... I do agree that you can see a child's personality in them. I see my youngest's sparkle in her eye.

Mamahut said...

What a cutie he is!

kari and kijsa said...

Too cute!!! Thank you for all your prayers and blessings!
Have a wonderful Labor Day,
kari & kijsa

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Oh we've all gotten a kick out of this one today...have been here a few times to see it. The Farmer is such a cutie pie! I'm just glad that you didn't label him a whiner or the one most likely headed for prison. Hahahaha...

Christine said...

That's too cute. I love old photos like that.

Deb said...

What an absolutely delightful blog you have here. I stumbled here from someone else's blog and I'm so glad I did. The Little Rascals was my favorite show as a child and I still love them today. Great photo!

I'm adding you to my reads so I can visit often. A real joy.

Happy labor day!

belladella said...

You are too funny. And what a cutie the Farmer was! I'd love to know what all those kids grew up to be bc I have a feeling some of your labels are spot on!

Rustic Goods said...

I've got an award for you over on my blog that you can pick up when you have time!!! I love to check your blog daily.

bj said...

these photos are so cute but it's YOUR sparkling personality that just shines here! i love coming over for a giggle or two every day...now...gotta go visit the Milkman's wife...
bj

the sits girls said...

We've definitely noticed personality traits when looking back on old photos of childhood. Speaking of which, those are some great old pictures you have! The names you gave those kids were hilarious.

Miss Lila in Atlanta said...

I love your old photos. With all the modern tech and all, digital, yada yada, why is it we all love these OLD photos? We even try to make our new photos look like old photos via (photoshop)(printshop).
Guess we just long for the simpler, slower times, maybe?
Love your site.
Miss Lila in Atlanta

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Wish I knew all their stories! Great post. :)