Flashback Friday

11 03 2011

Remember that fresh-scrubbed, pj’ed-up, ready for bed feeling? The three happy children above: Me, in the festive clown pajamas; Jeff, the pensive child in the middle attempting to figure out how his new toy works; Chris on the right with the dazzling smile.

The six children in our family have been divided into two groups for most of our lives: the big kids (above) and the little kids (Gwen, Anne, Matt). Never mind that the baby is over 40 now, we maintain the groupings as verbal shorthand. We were reminiscing a couple of years ago, and one of my parents, instead of calling the three oldest the “big kids”, accidentally called us “the originals”. You can imagine the uproar that caused!

On a completely different note, I still love getting ready for bed and putting on my jammies. Visiting a friend last fall, I went into the bathroom to wash up and change. When I came out, my friend said, “Don’t you look festive!”  I used that word to describe my childhood circus clown p.j.s, and I would like to note that its a great word for a three year old clown. In my current stage of life, let’s just say I’ve decided that particular pair of p.j.s will now be reserved for home, not travel!

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4 responses

11 03 2011
Chris in NM

Jen- more telling than that smile is the way I’m reaching out for you, and making sure we are all organized. *sigh* I bet that really bothered the “copies” that came later…

12 03 2011
jenion

Do I need to ground you from talking to that other oldest-of-six woman?! You seem hyper-sensitive to the control stuff these days! As my old friend, Father Jim Brokman would say, “Either way, don’t you think its time to let it go?” (And believe me, he said that to me a lot!)

13 03 2011
Gwen Brown

Just to clarify…I am one of the originals as well. I have the stocking to prove it!

14 03 2011
jenion

I forgot, it all goes back to the Christmas stockings! The originals have matching ones!

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