*Age 6 – Where Am I? Not In These Xmas Tree Photographs

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It unsettles me nearly 52 years after these pictures were taken to see that I appear only as some invisible 6-year-old participant in the family’s Christmas tree getting extravaganza.  Where am I?

John is 7, Cindy is 4, Sharon is 2 — with my father dragging the Christmas tree up the little porch and into the log house Christmas 1957.

Will my mother’s 1957 letters to her mother shed some light on why I wasn’t included here?

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Where's Linda?  Dragging the 1957 Christmas tree into the log house in Eagle River, Alaska -- our first Christmas in the territory
Where's Linda? Dragging the 1957 Christmas tree into the log house in Eagle River, Alaska -- our first Christmas in the territory
1957 First Alaskan Christmas tree being dragged into log house without Linda's help!  Cindy's in back of the tree peeking out from between the spruce branches
1957 First Alaskan Christmas tree being dragged into log house without Linda's help! Cindy's in back of the tree peeking out from between the spruce branches

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Hey!  I found myself!  Here’s a picture of us, even with Dad including me as a member of his family, as we headed out to cut this tree in the first place.  Why I disappeared before the tree was taken into the house I’ll probably never know — but glad to see I am in this one!

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Here I am with family at log house December 1957, 6 years old -- why I'm not in pictures of tree coming into house, I don't know, but I AM here!
Here I am with family at log house December 1957, 6 years old -- why I'm not in pictures of tree coming into house, I don't know, but I AM here!

That’s me on my father’s right, the Sharon, Cindy and John

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I feel like I am retrieving myself from the lost-and-found!  Here’s a beautiful picture, while the tree was still alive in the woods:

1957 First Christmas in Alaska -- I DID go on the tree hunt!
1957 First Christmas in Alaska -- I DID go on the tree hunt!
1957 Wonderful picture!  I am so glad to see I am part of the family here!
1957 Wonderful picture! I am so glad to see I am part of the family here!

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Link to back side of log house photo taken winter 1957

*1957 Christmas – Back Side of the Eagle River Log House

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5 thoughts on “*Age 6 – Where Am I? Not In These Xmas Tree Photographs

  1. It’s hard.Even as a small child you were inhibited, depressed and anxious.You can see it in the pics.I have professional pic where the photographer actually dropped me…there are two takes where I’m falling!!!

    • Naw, M would have taken the pic. There are lots and lots of family pics (i.e. the wheelbarrow pic) where I am missing — or am in the pic but still ‘way out of the picture’ like standing on the big rock, the family BBQ, etc. — long story, mine, yet to be written.

      I am making good progress shaping/sculpting ‘just the homesteading’ story out of the four volumes, though.

      You are the first to be reading the bulk of these writings from ‘the past’ but not as a ‘part of the story’. Two of our Alaskan neighbors are reading Mildred’s 4-volumes. One has also offered interviews with us about my mother. She was M’s longest standing ‘friend’ — it was she who found my mother dying in her pitiful Anchorage motel room, who got her to the emergency room (against M’s strong protests) where my mother died.

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