Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordly Wednesday: Family Photographs - Post 69: The First Boy Friend?

I'm posting old family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

This photograph is from loose pictures found in a box, probably from my grandfather's photo album, that I scanned during Scanfest in February:

This picture of my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer, was taken in about 1923 (she appears to be age 3 or 4 here) on the front steps of the Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer home at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego. I don't know who the little boy is.

Is this my mother's first boy friend? Perhaps. Check out the bow in Betty's hair, and the dress over a pair of pants and Mary Jane shoes (are they Mary Janes?). She has a book on her lap and may be "reading" to her little friend. Ah, the start of a teaching career! I know that I'm one of the biggest beneficiaries of her teaching career!

As I post these photos of "little Betty," I often think back to the times she and I sat out on her patio overlooking San Diego Bay and went through some loose photographs. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to write down what she told me. She didn't want to answer questions - just look at the pictures and make comments, and I listened rather than wrote things down. I really need to write things down because I don't recall much of what people tell me.

I'm almost out of "little Betty" pictures, but I still have many "bigger Betty" pictures to share in the months ahead.


Unknown said...

May be insignificant Randy, but did you notice? There's someone (a woman?) standing in the doorway looking out.

Anonymous said...

This is a great blog, so much info! Have you thought that instead of writing it down, recording yourself telling these stories for future generations? If you really want it written down, you can get the recordings transcribed! What a wonderful legacy for your family.

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Unknown said...

Hey Randy. Darlene here again. It's an amazing thing when there are differences in monitors. Earlier, I was at home and could see that woman in the doorway clear as day. Now, I'm at work and look again, she appears to be only a shadow. Believe me, she Is there.

TRG said...

Look at how she's folding her legs like a little woman...cracked me up.