Who Taught You You Were Pretty?

One of my father’s long-standing hobbies was photography.

The Tree of Five Seasons sculpture is the city...

The Tree of Five Seasons, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He had his own darkroom.

I once saw pictures he’d taken of my Mom when they were on their honeymoon, camping out in upstate New York.

A pretty young thing in love, posing by a creek.

The Annual Christmas Cards

For about ten years, my father made family Christmas cards using his photographs of us.

One year, I sat on a throne wearing a princess crown.

One year, I sat with a cowgirl costume on while watching tv, while my brothers ran around me on stick horses in their cowboy costumes.

One year, we all held our suitcases, dressed in winter coats and hats, superimposed on a set of train tracks leading from our home in Palos Heights, Illinois toward our new home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

I went through the glasses, braces and ponytail stage in junior high and high school.

Dad was busy at a new job and Christmas cards were simpler.

High School Graduation

For high school graduation, I got a pair of contact lenses.

That summer, my Dad practiced taking formal and spontaneous portraits of me.

I wasn’t excited about the one where I was in the middle of teasing my hair.

The ones where I’m sitting on a chair with my hair in a formal updo look awkward.

But, the one where I was sunbathing and brushing my hair out to dry in the bright Texas sun became a poster, two-and-a-half years later, for my Bootcamp-bound husband.

And, now, I make photo books every year for my grandchildren’s birthdays and Christmas.

Thanks, Dad.

What were your Dad’s hobbies?

Did you pick up any of his hobbies?

How did your Dad teach you to appreciate yourself?

To you and teaching your grandchildren they are special.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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