Wordless Wednesday, part deux

Day 10 of WEGO’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge tells me to post a favorite picture of myself. I don’t generally like pictures of myself because my eyes are huge and spaced far apart (which worked well for Jackie O but for regular people, not so much) and I always look a bit depraved in photos. However, in a rare showing of open-mindedness and willingness to play along, here ya go. In fact, I’m so open-minded and willing today (but only today, so get it while ya can), I’m posting not one but two pics of myself.

2ndBirthdayThis one is my #1 son’s second birthday, in May 2001. We had a party at the neighborhood rec center and all went swimmingly until the mini fire truck we rented for the kids to ride in broke down and the dads who attended the party had to push the truck around the parking lot. Good times.

I chose this pic because at that time in my life, cancer was the farthest thing from my mind. I was much more focused on coordinating my and Trevor’s outfits to match the party theme. In a totally random aside, I found those toile pants I’m sporting in this photo when I cleaned out my closet last weekend, and they still fit. Barely. But I’m calling it a win.

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Photo #2 was taken on my 36th birthday, before cancer so rudely interrupted my life. Again, I have the depraved look in my eye, and knowing myself the way I do, I can see an undercurrent of “hurry up and take the damn picture” and “Sweet baby Jesus I hate having my picture taken” but I love, love, love the proud look on Payton’s face as he wraps his arms around the two ladies in his life. My favorite girl has her usual impish look about her, and she was likely wise-cracking as Trevor took the picture.

12 Comments on “Wordless Wednesday, part deux”

  1. David Benbow says:

    Very nice pictures. Now just shut up and smile for the camera.

  2. billgncs says:

    coordinating a boy’s outfit, just like a mom — great pictures 🙂 Happy little ones are always a great treasure.

  3. Trevor Hicks says:

    That’s the best picture I ever took. Somehow I knew it was a golden moment and grabbed the camera. Thanks for forcing yourself to endure the pain. But in general I agree that most photos don’t capture very well how beautiful you are in person.

  4. Editor says:

    You do NOT look depraved!!!! I’d go more for impish and very, very happy. Lovely pictures!

  5. You and your babes have BEAUTIFUL eyes!

  6. Susan says:

    You look fantastic and the second picture with your children is so precious. It’s funny how we pick on ourselves for our features. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  7. Renn says:

    I love that you chose 2 pics pre-Big C. It’s profound to view photos of people *before* cancer.

    There is a group of women that I became friends with via BCO; we chatted for 6 months before creating a closed group page on FB. I’ll never forget that day we got to “see” each other (and our families) for the first time on FB. The images of people pre-BC made me cry, knowing what I know know, knowing what we all were about to go through — it was very emotional, and humbling. I feel the same way looking at these pics. Thank you for sharing them.


  8. You look lovely 🙂 You and your daughter look so much alike – and I mean it in a VERY good way!

  9. nancyspoint says:

    I think you look beautiful! And quite frankly, I’m thinking about those pants… I don’t even own a pair of pants from that far back, much less fit into a pair from back then. That’s impressive. And I also love the proud look on that young man’s face in the second photo. He’s literally beaming with pride and love! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Are you crazy?! You look gorgeous. Your eyes are one of the first things i ever noticed about you when I saw a picture of you (that and your beautiful blonde hair and big smile ) – they are full of expression, warmth and light.

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