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Things Kitty wishes she had pictures of

Are kids today over-photographed? 

Now that everybody has a camera on their phone, and now that Facebook is a greedy beast that must be fed, it seems parents take WAY more pictures of their kids than was the case back in the 1960s and 1970s.   It seems we only brought out the cameras for birthdays or Christmas.

That got me to thinking about which of my childhood memories I wish came with photographic evidence.  Here's the list I've come up with so far.

1. The play the kids in our neighborhood did called "Curse of the Two Twins." This original play, the brainchild of my friend Gale and me, involved cops who turned into monsters, a letter carrier/vampire, and Baby Tenderlove dolls that were transformed into hideous melted antique dolls. You'd think somebody's parents would have brought a camera!

2. The neighborhood playground we spent so much time hanging out at.  All the dangerous playground equipment has been removed from the playground at St. Joe's School...I would love to be able to see it one more time. 

3. Any of my first days of school. Apparently this was not a big deal in my family.

4. My first bike ride..or any of my early bikes. The purple Schwinn with the flowery banana seat was amazing.

5. Our backyard carnivals. Inspired by the Carnivals for Muscular Dystrophy, we had our own for-profit carnivals, complete with bean bag toss and other games, and prizes we'd saved up from cereal boxes.

Sigh. The pictures in my mind's eye are probably in better focus than the ones my family would have taken anyway.



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