Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Early on in my life.....

Larry Dean b. 1950

As the only child left living in the state,  I find myself shuffling through the remains of my parents things.  As I shift and sort photos and try to organize them, this 60 year old  man sees images of myself staring back at me.

I was a child who was born a year before the child, that died at birth.  It affected the number of photos taken of me and as I see a few coming through a couple years later after that loss.  I can see my parents are healing a little and getting on with their lives those few years later.  I remember my mom telling others that she sat and cried over her lost child and rocked me.

In the photo above, I am probably maybe 2 years old.  I am standing outside of the home of a farm my parents were  renting.  We moved to another farm that they bought during winter in 1953.

 Dwight Lee b. 1947 d. 2008  and Larry Dean b. 1950

I have two older brothers and they were always photographed together.  Ron and Rex can be seen as the prewar babies growing up together.  Dwight and I are the postwar babies and we two can be seen together in the pictures. This photo was taken the same day as the one at the top.

As I sort through things, I have tended to withdraw some of my younger self away from this process and just be about doing the business.  It does jolt you back when you pick up a new image of the past that takes you back to the time and place.  In many ways Sepia Saturday is all about remembering the families that we are following, but also it is a time to reflect on where we too fit in on this very large family tree. Our own lives carry the biggest set of memories and the lives of the past help us to know how we became a part of this very big family.

Thanks so much to all of you who have become my following.  I do appreciate your interest in the blog and it's process.  I hope to make new friends here, but most of all I hope it inspires you to start charting your past for others to see.

Check out the others who are participating in Sepia Saturday by clicking here.

17 comments:

CadillaC said...

Magic pics. :D

Alan Burnett said...

Wise words as always Larry. And as I look at that picture of that little boy I take pleasure in the fact that I know what he grew into.

Barbara said...

You certainly do inspire me to chart my past and I love reading about yours.
You were a darling little boy!!

Bob Scotney said...

I was a pre-war child. My parents never had a camera so as far as I know there were no photos of me as a child. The first ones I have were at school when I was around 12 years old.
You are lucky to have so many pictures of yourself and your family which you have shared with us. Thanks for that.

Kristin said...

i like the way you write and the way it flows around the photographs.

Nancy said...

Oh, Larry, what an adorable little boy you were! You look almost shy of the camera....

flutietootie said...

There is nothing like a good old black and white photo. You were a very adorable child. Thank you for sharing.

Dayane said...

I love your blog!!!!!!!!

C. Alvarez said...

In your previous posting, the photo of Charles looks so similar to one of my Grandfather that my Grandmother always had out. Same hairstyle etc. They also had the same name, but I'm sure there is no relation, and it's simply, purely coincidental.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

Larry I had no time to post this week but am reading and enjoying here in tundra land. I love the photo of the barefoot little farm boy! Yes, it does jolt memories having to sift through belongings of others--I wonder if I will ever finish...stay warm, you must have snow there too.

TICKLEBEAR said...

while i can somewhat understand your predicament as my mom went through something similar as her younger brother died in infancy, does losing more than a brother, but a playmate and someone she could relate to, but she also carried her mother's grief throughout her life....

but!!
but when i see you like this, all that comes to mind is "dennis the menace". you look so mischevious!!!
:)~
HUGZ

Monica's World said...

dear, mr.burgus
i really like your blog, your post, your family's pics. Like them a lot,

from an Indonesian girl, Monica :)

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Brzoskwinkaa said...

Your website it's great!
This pictures make history.

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Such cute pictures of you and your brother! I too love family history and wish you luck with yours.

Dylana Suarez said...

Amazing pictures!

xoxo,

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Far Side of Fifty said...

You were a cutie Larry..you have so many branches to work..I know the feeling sometimes it overwhelms you. It will be worth it..and yes there are questions that I wished I had asked too..but I think that is always the case:)