If you have siblings, you likely have their birthdays tattooed onto your brain. After all, in youth, the day on the calendar was circled and when that day came, the overall stock of toys in your household collection got a nice boost.
It got me thinking about December 12ths past.
And lucky for us, now that all our photos are organized on the computer, it’s easy to discover where we were a year ago, a year before that, and so on. Par example…
Dec 12, 2013: Café at Jussieu Métro, Paris
I had just met up with An Out Of The Way Place for coffee and stopped to shoot a photo.
Notice the cute lady in the window.
Dec 12, 2012: Department store window displays, Paris.
I strolled along the boulevard with the lovely Melanie. We got substandard hot chocolate afterward. Believe it or not, substandard hot chocolate exists in Paris.
Dec 12, 2011: Actual birthday with actual sisters, Canada.
Julie, Janice and Carla. Good gene pool.
Dec 12, 2010: Quitting day.
This was my office at the advertising agency. I took this photo a few days before Carla’s birthday.
And this photo I took the day after her birthday. Stunned, horrified and delighted.
Dec 12, 2009: Still life of a few friends at the office.
You’d be surprised at how long an orange can keep it’s shape.
Dec 12, 2008: Still life of actual still life.
I went through a phase of painting old cars and vintage signs, but I changed the words on the vintage signs. Obviously I didn’t take my advice since I eventually left that good place for a greater place.
Dec 12, 2007: Hanukkah with friends, Los Angeles.
My sweet neighbours invited me and my gentile self to Hanukkah . This photo is one of my favourites. This was the year the kid I babysat sprouted… he didn’t even fit in the frame. 2014 marks the first year the chef’s mom (in the white blouse) won’t be with us. She sang like a bird.
Dec 12, 2006: Eaton’s Centre with Aine, Toronto.
We had no idea at this time I’d write a book about the letters we wrote to each other, and I’d end up dedicating the book to her. Wowza.
This little exercise down memory lane was so interesting. If we look at one day over the course of years we can see where we were, how far we’ve come, and who we left behind.
What do all your December 12ths look like?