I guess the holidays have thrown me off schedule. I realize Thursday came and went without the usual photo-stroll down memory lane. That, along with the season, prompt me to dig up this one from the archives.
What fascinates me about this picture is my total inability to place it in context. The birthday cake and holiday decorations tell me it was taken in December. The candles would suggest I was 5 years old but what appears to be a Bloody Mary on the table would suggest otherwise.
I remember that sweater. I still own that shirt, though the collar is so worn I now only wear it to wash the car or work in the yard. From the hair color/facial hair I would guess it is sometime in 1990’s.
My memory is usually quite visual so it is odd, and a little annoying, that nothing else in the photo looks familiar. I don’t recognize the plate, the flatware, nor the table linens. The glassware and napkin ring look like something my sister might have owned but I don’t recall her living in a place that included that room. The bookcase in the background doesn’t look familiar and I can’t sharpen the image enough to recognize the faces in the photo on the stereo nor the titles of any of the books. Whatever is visible through the door behind me doesn’t prompt a memory.
My only guess, and it is a deduction more than a memory, is that it might have been taken at my former partner’s mother’s home in Allen Park, Michigan. That would have made it +/- 1992. I only arrive at that guess because it is a place where my birthday might have been celebrated but I never visited enough to recall the soundings in any detail.
Wherever it was, the people who lived there liked me enough to give me a birthday cake and a Bloody Mary so they are O.K. in my book. I hope I said’ “thank you”.