This week’s Throwback Thursday takes us on a first day of school journey. Here is Matilda on her first day of school from preschool through senior year. It doesn’t seem possible that my baby will be a high school graduate in June.
This week takes us back to 1993. This was our first apartment when we moved to Boston in September 1992. It was a 3 bedroom in Beacon Hill that we shared with a couple of roommates. The rent was $1100 per month. Out of curiosity, I looked up our old address and found a current rental listing. Our first apartment now goes for $3500 per month and has been updated. It is twenty-five years later and we cannot afford our first apartment.
This week I have decided to go back to a time before I existed. This is my mom and my Aunt Wendy in 1954. This photo is from an album that was my grandmother’s album. I love this photo for many reasons. It is a photo of two of my favorite people, it really shows the closeness of sisters and it reminds me of me and my cousin.
This week takes us back to August 1999. My Grandpa was visiting us. We picked him up in New York and brought him back to Boston with us. Yes, Grandpa was a frustrating houseguest. Yes, Grandpa was headstrong and complained a bit (okay, complained a lot). Yes, Grandpa did some questionable things. Yes, this was still a great visit. Grandpa had a great time visiting Boston and we got to celebrate his 79th birthday with him. He wanted Olive Garden for his birthday, but there wasn’t one nearby. We took him to the Cheesecake Factory, where he complained constantly that it wasn’t the Olive Garden. Later, when Aunt Wendy called to wish him a happy birthday, he told her about the wonderful dinner we treated him to. The highlight of this visit for me was that Grandpa took us to the Dutchess County Fair in New York. He took me to this fair every year until I was in my 20’s. It was a tradition that I cherished and I love that Paxton’s first fair was to that one with his Great Grandpa. These photos are being shared this week because it is fair week and tomorrow is Grandpa’s birthday.
This week takes us back to the summer of 2010 and our visit to Washington, D.C. One of my favorite places to visit was the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. I got up at 6 in the morning to make my way over to the line for the tickets to this place and it was so worth it. We were only allowed to take pictures in the lobby area because, for some reason, pictures of how our government makes money are frowned upon. We each stood in front of the height chart to see how tall we were in $100 bills. Paxton has grown about $250,000 and Matilda has grown about $300,000. I, on the other hand, am worth less than I was 7 years ago.
This week takes us back to May 2001. My friend Lora was visiting and we took Paxton into Boston for the day. I took a few photos of Lora and Paxton that day, but this one is my favorite. I feel it really captured the moment so beautifully. I adore this photo and it makes me miss my dear friend so much more.