I have been tagged by ThatGirl39 with a meme to post up my favourite photograph. I thought this was going to be really tough - wedding pics? New baby pics? Something completely unrelated to me but otherwise beautiful?
Nope. When I saw this pic I knew it was The One. I think this is up there among my favourite photographs of all time and before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, there are no real children in this picture. No, the youngest person in this picture is... FORTY THREE YEARS OLD!!
And it's not me; although I am in this picture.
This picture was taken in Somerset, in, I think, the summer of 1972. I was 7, my brother 5 and our best friends (in the middle) were 8. I remember the picture being taken; it was hot, we were playing in our front garden with a blow-up penguin, onto which one tossed blow-up rings to get them to hang on, I think, his nose, or possibly his arms. I have a vague memory of popsicles, or possibly ice-cream.
What I love about this the most is that it says a lot about who we were then and possibly who we are now... Hoto the youngest, butt of pranks, forced to go first into the deep water in case it went over our wellies, tolerating us because he's a nice chap and we were probably the only game in town that day... the twins; Binz, the trickster with the sunshine smile that implied more mischief was coming; Sam, taller, reserved; more graceful and poised than the rest of us and me, the chubby one, playing along, hoping to be liked and pleased not to be the youngest that day...
I love this pic and I love everyone in it. We've been friends now for a time which is quite frighteningly close to 40 years now and one of my regrets is that I didn't get a grown-up version of this pic at my wedding, which is the only time we've all been together in quite a long time.
The things we do as children inform our entire lives; I think of this all the time with my son. I had a great childhood, I just want him to have one too.
OK, in the spirit of Memes, I pass this on to:
the b in subtle who takes simply wonderful photographs; DJKirkby, who might need a lazy Sunday post and who has many evocative pics from her past; Cactus at Buenos Burritos who has another fab photo archive up her sleeve and Jennie at Copenhagen Follies who is clearly a dedicated photographer of her life and Lisa at Boondock Ramblings who is also trigger happy and good at it!
********PS - EDIT ********* Mum - look at my parting!!! How on EARTH did you get it so straight?!!! I have endless memories of you and I battling as you tried and failed to get me to sit still while you created a parting. I swear I can still not get it straight to this day...****************