This week’s Foto Friday Fun features 12 images from the 63 years of my life. Thanks for playing along. It’s fun to share the memories.
Pam and John chose #1978. Unfortunately, due to a flood back in the 1980s in my parents basement destroying many years of photo albums I am missing a lot of photo documentation thus have nothing from 1978. During that year I worked as a bookkeeper in Carbondale, Illinois then moved north to Downers Grove where I grew up in the Chicago suburbs. I started as a waitress at Sharko’s Restaurant and Lounge and within a year worked my way up to day hostess, night hostess and manager, and banquet manager. I met my (now ex-) husband there and we had our wedding reception there as well. See Sherry’s choice below for me as a bride.
Ann and Bill chose #1954. The year I was born and named Gail Lyn Olmsted but when I divorced above mentioned husband I changed my name. Wanting to keep the GLOlmsted signature and carry my mother’s maiden name of Loomis, which became my middle name, I mushed together my given name and changed the spelling to Gaelyn. Are you totally confused now?
Patti chose #220. Ray and June, my parents both deceased, during a 2005 winter visit to their snowbird home in south Texas when we went to Padre Island. My Dad loved to drive his Lincoln on the beach.
Jodee and Bill chose #1971 “for the year Bill and I met.” That year I met Cletus (Arthur Dwight) who I ultimately lived with and did think would be my forever man. At least on this summer day in Braidwood, Illinois, I was in love. But somethings just don’t work out. Anybody else wear those huge owly glasses?
Sallie chose #1958, “the year our oldest was born.” Another studio shot when I was four. Looks like I was trying out for some dance show. Not. Love the Mary Janes.
Sherry and David chose #1980, the year I was married. I’d worn that Gunny Sack dress to prom, Mom’s lovely cameo around my neck, flowers in my hair, and beneath the dress I wore moccasins. Photo taken outside Sharko’s mentioned above.
Yogi chose #1955. Taken on my first birthday. I kind of still look like this when I first wake up. BTW, yesterday was Yogi’s birthday so check out his blog and give him a shout. HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOGI!
Diane and Nigel chose #2005, “the year we bought our house in France.” This is the year I went to San Felipe on the Baja of Mexico with a friend. Becoming addicted to the internet I found this cafe with WIFI. The weird looking dome helped keep the sun off the laptop screen.
Imkeline chose #1997. My first winter on the road solo after divorce. Yet another truck and camper parked on BLM east of Gila Bend, Arizona surrounded by boxes of beads.
The most recent photo of me from 3-29-17 on the way home from Mojave Trails National Monument. Route 66 was closed from here east of Amboy, California. That made it safe to stand in the road for this classic selfie.
Thank you for indulging me with this week’s celebration through the years. You probably know more about me than you ever wanted to. We’ll now go back to the regularly scheduled meme. All the 100s of 1000s of photos I’ve taken are numbered. Yes, I’m anal that way and they’re also labeled. In fact right now I’m seven months behind labeling photos. (If you want to see every 100th photo I label visit Geogypsy’s Facebook page here.) Anyway, I hope you’ll join in next week by leaving a number between 1 and 9999 in your comment below.
Do you have a favorite this week?
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