Lydster: balancing act- what to share

more photos!

The primary balancing act in this here blog involves my daughter. When she was really young, I would put photos of her. Eventually, though, that seemed to be potentially unwise because people are strange.

Even early on, it was also true in the written content. I wasn’t about to write something that would potentially embarrass her years later. Of course, it’s always tricky to ascertain what will mortify a teenager.

I have several photo albums of my life prior to getting married in 1999. But I have none of the pictures from this century in books. However, I do have the pictures. Hundreds of them. Maybe thousands.

My daughter was allegedly helping me to clean the office when she got distracted by the photo books. My, she could be brutal about a pose I made, or a look I had back in the day. It was humbling, to say the least.

But she can be rather unforgiving of the way she looked when she was younger. I think she’s very cute. So does her mother. But she seems to think otherwise. Who’s right here, her or her totally unbiased parents?

Clean up time

In the months before I left work, I found a treasure trove of emailed photos there. I sent them to my personal account. Now, in the midst of purging said emails – from 10,7000 down to 4,000 so far – I’ve decided to use some of those pictures here, each month because I can. They’ll be in no particular order.

The photo below is from July of 2007. We were visiting a married couple in the Binghamton, NY area. She was in our wedding in 1999. We were in their wedding in 2002. That’s our kids playing in the sprinkler, my daughter to the left.

I think the picture above was in Oneonta later that summer. Perhaps at Brooks BBQ? Maybe somewhere else? It doesn’t much matter. The kid’s cute, though, right?

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

7 thoughts on “Lydster: balancing act- what to share”

  1. you bet! But what kid isn’t self-conscious in their youth?

  2. Roger, you mentioned Brooks BBQ.
    When I was working for the “driving service”, if I was taking a client to Binghamton or Oneonta, even Copperstown, on the return trip when I was alone I would always make my to Brooks and either eat a meal there or get a takeout to bring home.

  3. Yes, your daughter certainly is cute! In that particular photo, I see you looking out from her little face.

    I am impressed with your diligence and perseverance at sorting through email and photos.

    Don’t you know that embarrassing your child is part of your parental job duties? Ray used to hold our kids’ hands while walking into the grocery store and start skipping and /or singing. Oh, my! And I used to wear a lovely purple hat that Kate had strong opposition to. People used to stop me and compliment me on my hat and she would very upset and embarrassed. Parenting = child embarrassment! Goes with the territory!🤪

  4. Of course she’s totally adorable- and she is growing up to be a lovely person. She’s still adorable, and hopefully, she’ll see that!

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