Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Post 120: Betty on a Trike

I'm posting 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.

I have scanned hundreds of family photographs over the past few years, and have converted the scanned TIF files to smaller JPGs, cropped and rotated as best I can.

Here is a photograph from the Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This is a photograph of my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002, daughter of Lyle Lawrence and Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer) at age 2 or 3 - so the photograph was taken in 1921 or 1922 in San Diego. I cannot determine the setting - it may be the Carringer family home at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.

The tricycle she's riding looks like it's homemade - it has wooden parts and no pedals. My guess is that Henry Austin Carringer, her grandfather, and a carpenter, made it as a birthday or Christmas present.

When I see these pictures of my mother smiling as a young child, my heart fills with love and admiration for her. She looks very happy, doesn't she? I know that she brought joy and happiness to her parents and grandparents too, and as an only child, they must have spoiled her, but she grew up to be one of the most unpretentious persons I've ever known. But her parents were that way too.

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