Monday, May 17, 2021

Only One Photo

 I can't even begin to understand or explain this, but my twin brother and his wife drove up from Santa Cruz (350 miles) spent four days with us, celebrating our 69th birthday together, and I didn't take a single photo. Well, that's not entirely true. I did take one photo. Michael (my twin) asked me to show Kim (his wife) how well my camera does a close up zoom. So I zoomed in on this iris blooming our in our front yard. I was standing more than 20 feet away.

That's it. One photo.

But we had these wonderful four days with family. Michael and Kim stayed in our house with us. We didn't wear masks indoors or out on our walks. It made life feel almost normal again. We laughed, told stories, shared memories, laughed some more. Roger's daughter Elena and the three grandkids came by on May 13th to celebrate our birthday with us. No photos of that either, but some very funny haikus that the kids wrote on the theme of flatulence. There was so much laughter and joyous freedom in our maskless huggy teary celebration. 

On Sunday Michael and Kim left. The house was so quiet again. That's when I remembered I wanted a photo of Michael and me to add to our collection. Ah well, we'll have to wait until next year when we turn 70.  I hope one of us has enough brain cells left to remember.

33 comments:

  1. You and Michael and your birthday in the context of family, laughter, joyous freedom. Even if there is no photo this year, your post with that beautiful iris evokes a birthday celebration at its best!

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    1. am-- It really was a lovely four-day celebration.

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  2. I'd wish you a belated happy Birthday but it seems you had a delightful one. So glad you could be with your twin and Roger's family for your special day. After what we have been through, this might be your most memorable B-day. Shame though for no pictures.

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    1. Patti-- It really was a delightful celebration. Interesting thought about it being the most memorable. That may be true. I'll have to test my memory in a few years on that!

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  3. A great way to celebrate! Sounds like you had a terrific time. Happy Birthday! Wishing you a happy year filled with good health and fun adventures!

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    1. EllenD-- Thank you for your kind celebratory words!

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  4. my brother was here for a week and I didn't take a single picture until the evening before he left early the next morning. I got my husband to take of picture of the three of us (me, brother, sister).

    so glad you got to have a wonderful visit with your twin.

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    1. ellen-- I'm glad you remembered and were able to get a photo. I'm hoping for next time. I'd really like to see the rest of my sibs (a brother in Virginia and a sister in Southern California, 700 miles away). Maybe someday.

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  5. I think many people will realize how restrictive things wee during the pandemic. The experience of getting back together will be most enjoyable like yours.

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    1. Red-- It really is such a wonderful feeling to be with vaccinated family and friends and not feel worried. It is definitely enjoyable!

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  6. Happy Birthday! A twin, that is very special- and kudos to your mother!
    Your camera is amazing to get that detailed of a shot so far back. What sort is it? It would make a great spy camera!

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    1. Linda Sue-- Oh yes, a twin brother. Speaking of kudos to our mother, our older brother was 3 1/2 when Michael and I were born, and we were 18 months old when our sister was born. Four kids under the age of five. Oh yes, it was a wild time at our house especially in the 1960s!
      The camera is a Panasonic Lumix with 60X Optical zoom. I've had it for several years. It's been reliably good.

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  7. Happy birthday, blogger friend. Thank you for all the pictures and especially this single one today!

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    1. Sabine-- Thank you so much for your kind words, dear blogger friend.

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  8. Happy birthday to you and your brother. Sometimes it's better to just be in the moment and not worry about recording it!

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    1. Steve-- I do like that we were so busy and so in the moment entertained that we all forgot to take photos. That is something to celebrate.

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  9. Belated happy birthday wishes to you and your brother, Robin. While it’s unfortunate that you do not have any photos of the time together, it’s clear that you have wonderful memories of the days spent together.

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    1. Beatrice-- Thank you for your birthday wishes. It's true, we may not have photos, but we do have such wonderful memories.

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  10. A very belated happy birthday to you, my friend. Yes I wish you had photographed the two of you on your 69th day. But I can wait another year. Just don't forget!

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    1. Catalyst-- You made me laugh, and that is the best birthday gift! Thank you for that.

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  11. I didn't realize that your birthday is so close to mine. I'm going to be 71 in about an hour and a quarter (as I write this). So, happy birthday to you and to me!

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    1. Mark-- I didn't realize our birthdays were so close. Happy birthday to you! Hope all is well for you and Leah, and that you both celebrate the day.

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  12. Robin!! No picture?! How in the world...? Oh well, it will be more auspicious to have a photo on your 70th. Glad you had such a grand time with everyone. Now go take a nap!!

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    1. Tara-- Tara-- It's crazy that I didn't take a single photo. Yes, I'm looking forward to that 70th birthday and definitely going to remember to take PHOTOS!!

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  13. Sounds like a swell time. Save a roll of film for next year! Happy Birthday!

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    1. Phil-- Thank you for your good birthday wishes! I'm hoping for pics next year!

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  14. What a wonderful time! The iris is beautiful. I guess you can have you twin send you a picture of himself, take a picture of yourself, and meld it together for this year.😄

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  15. Happy birthday to the both of you!🎂🎶

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    1. oldwhitelady-- Maybe I will ask Michael to send me a photo of himself. Then I can spend hours trying to photoshop us together. It will be a great diversion! Thank you for your birthday wishes.

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  16. Happy birthday beautiful Taurus twins! I loved seeing the collection of you both from years past. Such a special relationship you share. It's beautiful to see.

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    1. 37paddington-- It really is pretty wonderful having a twin. We both get great joy out of it. From womb-mates to now!

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  17. Beautiful photo of the iris. I seem to take photos most days with my iphone which I really do not regret paying out for. Hope you had a wonderful birthday kid

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    1. Billy-- We had a wonderful birthday celebration. So glad we were all vaccinated and could enjoy the day.

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