This is my 2-year-old birthday picture.
Now, if you are of a certain age, you recognize that this picture is just one in a series of at least three or five pictures that were printed in an insanely long portrait style that you definitely had to have custom framed! Momma tells me that I am blowing the photographer a kiss in this pic--not too creepy, Mom--the next picture in the series has me turned completely backwards--the exact same setting, just backwards--so that you can see that the back of my hair is past my waist! But this is my very most favorite picture ever taken of me. At this very moment, this picture sits on my bedside table--this is the very first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning.
This picture reminds me to be more like this little girl everyday:
She didn't give a good-goddamn what people thought of her;
she wore twirly-skirted dresses, as well as her grandfather's fedora; she dressed-up her dolly and kitty in baby clothes, and played office,
over-the-line, house and doctor with the neighborhood boys. Jeez, I
miss that little girl. I want to be more like that little girl. I want to be that little girl now just in a grown-up woman version.