It’s very cool that Mercedes Strait received a birthday card on her 3rd birthday from the hospital in which she was born, Newton Memorial Hospital. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the hospital also hosted get togethers each year for all the babies born at their facility.
This bear seems to be bringing a cake with three candles to Mercedes. Which brings us to the theme of “three” for this post. My thoughts automatically went to me and my sisters. Together we’re Jodi, Jill, and Jenni. Our parents took us to the studio when we were younger and had our portraits done together. Our first one with all three of us was in 1972.
We repeated the process in 1973… I don’t seem to mind that some of my teeth are missing.
And again in 1974… The advantage of being the oldest is that I never had to wear hand-me-downs. Jenni got to wear the same dress Jill had on in 1972!
And again in 1975… Jill swears to this day that mom used a weed-wacker to cut our bangs. Go ahead, go back to the earlier photos to look, Jill’s not wrong.
We grew up running around on the streets and playgrounds of Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. And got called Jodi-Jill-Jenni, all one word, very regularly.
I believe that thinking of the three of us as one unit is what attracted me so much to a pastel I have in my living room. It was done by artist Brian Keeler based in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania. His use of color and light just fascinates me. Oh, and it is three women!