Besides going to a 100th birthday party for Molly last weekend, we also spent time with my brother and sister-in-law who coincidentally live in the same area. Isn't it convenient when serendipity allows for savings on plane tickets and vacation time?
Naturally, when I saw a favorite family picture on the fridge in Owen and Liz's house, I proposed a recreation. Owen was game. He always is.
It's one of his most endearing qualities.
Owen and me then:
And our attempt to recreate the pose 3+ decades later, in front of a different stove, and (sadly) without a Tonka hard hat.
In the final analysis, today we may rate a little lower on the cuteness scale, but that is the way of the world with aging and it gives us reason to reproduce.
I'll also note that Owen has a hairier face (in case you didn't notice) but happily that is not the case with me. Whatever happened to the natural bounce and soft curls in my hair? I demand them back. Where do I send my complaint?
One thing I wouldn't change is having Owen for my brother. Especially when he's willing to pose for Then and Now.