As I was browsing through my pictures trying to decide which memory to post today, I came across this photo:
After I graduated from high school in 1976 (oh my, I'm telling my age now!) my parents, sisters and I went to California to visit my brother who was living in Oxnard. During that visit we went up to Solvang, affectionately known as "Little Denmark". It is an adorable litlle community made to resemble a Danish town. We had a great time browsing all the quaint little shops and we just couldn't resist the old time photo studio. The shop owners were delighted to have such a big group to photograph and offered my parents a good deal on the price if we would agree to let them use our photo as an example of a large group shot. We had fun dressing up in "old fashioned" costumes and were joking and laughing as we prepared for our photo shoot. When it came time for the pictures, the photographer informed us that in most old photos, the subjects were serious, not laughing or smiling. That made the whole situation even funnier as we tried hard to keep a straight face while he took the picture. As soon as he'd get a shot he'd say "Okay" and we'd all burst out laughing again! We attracted quite a crowd of onlookers as other tourists were stopping in to see what all the silly commotion was about. Mama was having a hard enough time getting "serious" for the picture, but when somebody hollered out "Are all those kids HIS?" she broke out with such laughter that she got all of us cracking up too! It was a wonderful trip and a very delightful memory.