It’s amazing how the turning of the year and the return of the light affects my mood. There I was, the Eeyore of Brooklyn feeling like nothing will ever change and how the hell did I get here. Two seconds more daylight and I am filled with hope, balancing my checkbook and making grand plans for the next five years. Magical, magical planetary influences.

So I give you what I think may be my all-time favorite picture of myself.

Summer in the mid-1970s; wild and free in the enormous garden of family friends, clad in Mexican cotton and having successfully fought off any and all hairbrushes for many a day. (Likely taken just moments before my mom took the shears to my head in an impromptu attempt to preserve her sanity and keep the child welfare folks from carting her off, accused of cruel and unusual hair styling.)

I love the spirit of the picture, and it’s my wish that 2008 bring more of her playful energy into my life. Teach me, oh little one.

7 Responses to “solstice”

  1. Barb Says:

    Considering your present state of mind, I can’t wait for you to see the birthday card I chose for you!!!!! 🙂

  2. jude Says:

    you are the sunshine of your life here. turn turn turn. melodies are in my head. happy happy new year.

  3. Wendy Says:

    Oh, just look at you! Your little toes, and the clover, and your hand on your knee and head…precious.

  4. Eliza Says:

    I love it! Yes! Recapture that spirit!! I’m sure it’s still there.

  5. Ellen Says:

    I KNOW HER ALREADY!! I LOVE HER. She’s the one who collects cat whiskers, bakes, knits and sorts buttons for pleasure…

    And PS–so what ARE we doing for your Birthday!???

  6. David Roussel Says:

    Over christmas we were showing some family albums to Nico’s parents, and came across a pictures of you. Then a couple of pages later there was a picture of Catriona on her wedding day, and I saw this incredible resemblance to the picture of you. It was uncanny. I showed the comparison to the others, but they didn’t quite see it like I did. Oh well, jut my eye then.


  7. gonzomama Says:

    That picture of you is timeless. It looks like it could have been taken yesterday (well, maybe this past summer). Your smile in it is contagious.

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