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Through the Years...

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Last night I started going through old photos. Since childhood, my father has had a camera in our faces, snapping shots at the most unexpected times, and sometimes in the most unflattering of angles. I found it annoying in youth, but today appreciate the boxes of images which always carry me down memory lane. Each time I look at them, I grow sentimental and nostalgic. In general, I've been blessed with a beautiful life, encountering few obstacles or traumas. A huge, supportive family carrying me through the ups and downs.

I don't think I've changed much over the years, looks or personality wise. The only thing that fluctuates in the images is my weight. This is a constant battle! Even as a youngster, I was curious. Talking and quizzing people to learn more about them and their lives. Do you have such old photos? What has changed most about your personality or looks over the years?

1. In the beginning...

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2. My parents still have this blue, ruffly dress. My dad purchased it for me as a surprise gift.

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3. My sister, me and our closest cousins - Tim and Jennifer. We were all around the same age and grew up together. Here we're playing a popular card game called "UNO" during a family celebration. Do you know it?

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4. Yes, I've always been stylish! Rockin the reindeer sweater. :) This photo impacted me most. Yesterday was my aunt Guyetta's birthday. She's pictured there in the chair. The first of my mom's siblings to pass away a few years ago. She operated a hair salon, right inside her house for over forty years. If you look at the image above, we're sitting in the salon. Notice the sit-in hairdryer above my head? Remarkable woman, greatly missed.

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5. My dad, grandfather and me on the family boat. Dad probably fixing something, as usual. My curls were out of control, even at an early age.

boat

6. Me and cousin Tim in my parent's yard. Same house they live in now.

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7. High school, senior year.

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8. Prom! The guy in the front was one of my best friends. He later revealed to us that he's gay. He hid it growing up because we all went to a strict, conservative religious school. Looking back, his sexual orientation was always obvious to me. Not sure why he hid it, especially from people like me who would be accepting.

prom

9. My roommate during university.

roomie

10. Studying for exams. Everyone always teased me about my curly, wild hair.

exams

11. Hiking in the woods with my sister and our black lab - Ralph. He disappeared one day, never to be found. This was right  before I started working with United Airlines - my first job after university.

woods

12. Fattest days...

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13. Me now. :) Gray hair starting to creep in, all in a centralized location on the top of my head. Horror! What to do?

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14. Sexpot look!

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15. And the people who brought me into this world. High school sweethearts, still happily married.

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Sometimes it's nice to walk down memory lane...


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south_of_broad
Apr. 1st, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
UNO-forever))) We are still playing but now with our children. And we play to the first blood, the youngest one is the biggest cheat in the family))
Oh, the dresses) I think i had one similar to yours)
Love your hair!

peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
I have photos of the most horrible flowery bridesmaids dresses also, but I didn't include them. :) I didn't think families still played actual card games. Seems kids now adays would be bored with the activity because it doesn't involve an iPad or some electronic device glued to their hands. So, this is encouraging news. My six year old nephew hates to lose any game, and has been known to cheat rather than accept defeat. Yeah, curly hair isn't so bad. Adds to my personality. :)
girlspell
Apr. 1st, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Aw....these are nice photos. What was your job with the airline? Were you a flight attendant? That mention of a gay friend in school. There was one in my class. He too kept it hidden, but he killed himself. Very sad.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
What a tragic story about the suicide. :( I worked in a reservations center back in the day, before everyone made reservations online. So, when you dialed the "1-800" number, I was one of the people who assisted you. It was a really awful and annoying job, but it gave me the opportunity to travel.
pro100_petrov
Apr. 1st, 2014 06:50 pm (UTC)
Nice photos.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
e_g_o_r_i_u_s
Apr. 1st, 2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, such a nice story, Shannon! Interesting pictures.

You haven't changed since your student years. Mm, no, you've changed - you became more attractive :)
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
A woman will always accept flattery! Thanks. :)
mujlan01
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:18 pm (UTC)
Nice pictures and nice curly hair:)) it's interesting I just realize that all of my childish foto are kept by my mom..I've nothing to share with my kids due to grandma's policy:))
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I think most men prefer straight hair, but I'm too lazy and impatient to spend an hour each morning to straighten mine. And, I like it curly. You must dig out the old photos from grandma's house! Your kids will enjoy them, trust me. Always funny to see our parents in their early years.
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peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Sometimes women get better with age. :)
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notabler
Apr. 1st, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
Just fantastic pictures! You were so lovely as a child. How did you manage to lose so much weight? I am in terrible stage now since I retired and my life became 100% sedentary. You look so happy on every photo. I wish you stay so happy for many many years ahead
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Really, the only way for me to lose weight is to be extremely disciplined and suffer by eating boring foods. :) Sometimes I'm better at it than others, that's why my weight is always going up and down. I lost 80 lbs once during university. I don't have good metabolic genes, and very few people in my large family are thin. I hate those people who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound!! Basically, I eat a very low fat diet - lots of chicken, pasta and vegetables, combined with exercise. However, at times, you just want to enjoy life and eat delicious things, but I always pay the price with weight gain. I have a sweet tooth, and will eat fat free/sugar free pudding or jello as dessert, or sometimes frozen fruit bars.

The older you get, the more difficult it becomes to lose weight and sitting behind a desk all day doesn't help. When I'm traveling, I'm usually walking all day so it's not such a problem then. Good luck! I understand the struggle.

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botkh
Apr. 1st, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
The photo #4 looks like a photo made in Soviet Union. I recalled my old pics. Thanks

peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
I love old Soviet photos!
rollson
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Ha Ha!

great set!!
my favorite one is #10

btw is that guy still available? ))
peacetraveler22
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
You are gay? He's still available, but lives in North Carolina. You want to come to the East Coast? :)) Also, he looks almost exactly the same. Very nice guy.
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general_denikin
Apr. 1st, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures and author's comments. Reminded me the paintings of children by Norman Rickwell.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 2nd, 2014 12:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, Rockwell has great paintings of ordinary American families and children. I always liked them!
onkel_hans
Apr. 2nd, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
You didn't change that much since the #1!
And I like that build of body!
peacetraveler22
Apr. 2nd, 2014 12:18 am (UTC)
What build of body? A non-skinny woman?
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rider3099
Apr. 2nd, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
I love an old photos but have not here. All of them are at my dad’s house in Kiev.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 2nd, 2014 01:54 am (UTC)
My parents have most of the old photos at their house also, but I have gathered a few for myself in recent years. :) Next time you visit Kyiv, try to grab some from your dad. It's nice to look at the photos and remember the good times when you're going through rough patches in life.
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mybathroom
Apr. 2nd, 2014 04:32 am (UTC)
Nice photos, nice memories!
Recently I've digitized all my family photos and films, because time is ruthless for plastic and paper.
peacetraveler22
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
Smart move! A lot of our old photos have water sports and other marks. We also have old 8mm films of our family, with a big screen projector that still works! Sometimes in summer, we will pull it out and have a viewing party in my parent's yard.
amandakysses
Apr. 2nd, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
Woman, this is so great! I cant stop smiling looking at these pics. I love how every single one of you look EXACTLY the same. Nobody has aged a bit.. Cant wait to kiss your sister. Hope I get to see you too! Thanks for sharing this sweet post! Loves! xoxo
peacetraveler22
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
Well, not exactly the same but close. :) I think my family has good aging genes, even my mom still looks young. With dad, not so much because of all his gray hair, which I'm now inheriting!
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andrey_kaminsky
Apr. 2nd, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Ловкий ход
You caught me by surprise. I have a lot of SU-stylized images, but they have not been digitized. Soviet pictures, for some reason, are very optimistic. Childhood is always optimistic. In the nineties i was smoking cigarettes, listening to the Nirvana band, life seemed pointless and i did not appreciate live. I have spent my life as if I have a thousand years left
qi_tronic
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:13 am (UTC)
Re: Ловкий ход
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Soviet pictures, for some reason, are very optimistic.
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Because we believed that we were building a better future.

Now we are back into the past, mentally.
The same capitalism as it was for centuries.
Technical progress but social stagnation.
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