This is a picture of me at four months, being lovingly tossed on to the bed. Thank goodness my parent's parenting skills increased as I got older. My Dad was a great man. At 6'3 he towered above me and my friends. He had a deep voice and an equally deep laugh. He had been an MP during WWII and was all definetly "a man's man". He was also my Girl Scout leader and helped me win a badge for selling the most cookies by sitting with me every weekend in front of the local market. He died when I was 18, but he had a huge impact of my early years and was a great example of what a 'Dad' should be.
This is a photo of my mom giving me a bath. She was definetly the more gentle force in my life. When I was little, my mom sewed all of my clothes, including Halloween and school play costumes. She spent hours trying to teach me to sew, crochet, knit or do any of the hundreds of creative things she did. Unfortunatley for me, none of it stuck. My mom didn't give up though, she kept at it till she found my talent. Thanks to my mom by the time I was 12, I played five different musical instruments.
This is Margie and Glenn Hobbs, both of whom have passed on now. They were my Godparents and we spent many summer visiting them on the lake. I remeber that Margie's house always smelled like fresh baked bread, and she loved to collect Hummel figurines. She began a collection for me when I was born, and for every birthday and Christmas she gave me a Hummel figurine or a Madame Alexander doll to add to the collection. Margie and Glenn came to all the important school functions and wrote me letters when I was old enough to read.
These are the five people I chose to talk about because each of them helped shape my life and me, into the person I am today.