My father’s cousin Ruth sent this picture of my sister Leslie, her friend Linda, our cousin Debby, and Leslie’s friend Nita. We all went to Trinity AME Zion Church in Binghamton when we were growing up, which was two very short blocks from our house.

Not sure of the vintage of the photo. I’m guessing that Leslie’s in 8th or 9th grade, but it might be off by a year. It was before she got her ‘fro and her wire-rimmed glasses, which she had by 11th grade.

I’m posting this because it’s Leslie’s birthday. Happy birthday to the middle child!

I suppose I should note that of the two other people in the photo to whom I was not related, one I had a mad, unrequited crush on, and the other I thought was a royal PITA.