Thursday, June 12, 2008

Childhood Photographs (1)

During my nomadic childhood,whenever we moved to a new country, my mum made sure to always pack our family albums, which my sister and I loved leafing through; it gave us a sense of continuity. I've started taking digital copies of those snapshots (over 620 just to cover the first 5 years of my life!) and thought I'd share some of them with you, as some readers have expressed interest in my early life and travels.
First is a picture taken shortly after I was born to a French father and an American mother in Paris. On my very first outing, mum took me to Paris's Jardin des Poètes - no wonder I became a poetry lover!

The second picture was taken 8 months later, across the Atlantic and the equator, in Uruguay, where we flew so that I could meet my grandparents' family. I am getting friendly with my grandfather's super plump dog; you see, dear Benjy was not the first dachshund in my life...

29 comments:

karina said...

Me encanto este post!
Gracias por compartir tus fotos y recuerdos!!!!

andrea tachezy said...

I love , when you write about your childhood and share the photos with us! Looking forward to see more.

Mrs.French said...

Thanks for sharing the photos...the pram and your stunning mother in the first shot...glamorous!

mansuetude said...

your mother so stylish and you, probably murmering in that carriage, humming a rhythm the heart knows. these are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

wonderful photos...isn't it great that you know there were hints of what you would become in these photos..
nancy

Hila said...

I love looking at these kinds of photos.

Sandra Ree said...

The buggy! Why don't they make them like that anymore? Your mother looks so sweet. :)

Rina said...

Gracias por compartir esto y dejarnos entrar un poquito a tu mundo. A mi también me encanta ver las fotos de cuando era chica, me traen buenos recuerdos.
Ah! y espero que Benji no se ponga celoso.

yasu said...

Nice photos full of memory..reminds me that I should have a look at my childhood photo albums one in a while at least!

Taocito said...

What a fat daschund! Ha!
I believe that this one (Snoopy?) was probably raised on a diet of churrascos and churros, whereas delicate and svelte Benjy enjoys fine croquettes (design for dogs with refined palates).

Mary-Laure said...

MRS FRENCH - yes, isn't my mum really beautiful? She was so young, too...

MANSUETUDE - I love what you say about babies humming their own songs and ryhthms that the heart knows!

Alya said...

I love leafing through old photos too.. I would absolutely be devastated if something happened to them!

Chloe Van Paris said...

Laura's smile is wonderful.
she haven't change.
We can see - she was a happy mon.
And this big landaud-other time.
I didn't know you knew a dachshund before.
There a reason for everything.

Jill said...

these are so cute! the picture with your mom and the baby carriage is beautiful. what an elegant mom you have!

Laura said...

Quel landeau!

sofia barão said...

c'est mignon tout plein! Mais c'est où le jardin des poètes?
C'est une chance d'avoir autant de photos souvenirs de son enfance, je dois en avoir une douzaine et dès fois ça me manque.

Kira Fashion said...

i love family´s photos, so nostalgic :)

a kiss!

tangobaby said...

I am so charmed by this story, these photos! How wonderful to see the roots of the lovely flower that is Mary-Laure!

And no wonder you love Benjy so.

miss cavendish said...

Such a lovely pram. Babies travelled in style "back then," without all the plastic-y Bugaboos or over-the-top Silver Cross carriages of today. . .

enc said...

Très mignon!

The doggy is cute, too! :)

A World in a PAN said...

Snoopy, an inspiring family icon! Ever since she came to the family, everyone simply LOVED dachshunds!

Mary-Laure said...

Sofia - the Jardin de Poetes is in the 16 arrondissement, at Porte d'Auteuil.

MISS CAVENDISH - yes, today's baby carriages have become like baby SUVs, genuine Hummers for the little'uns...

jean-louis said...

to Sofia et Mary-Laure: le jardin des poetes est dans le 16e arrdt mais il a ete rebaptise "SQUARE" des poetes plus chic... ISN'IT!

Joanna Goddard said...

these are so sweet!

amy korngiebel said...

the photos are absolutely precious. thanks for sharing a little piece of your past with us, your readers.
that carriage is beautiful.

Imelda Matt said...

Only two photographs :( I love the shape of your pram and the wheels (I know weird, right?).

mommythe said...

that is one fat dachsund! we used to have one too. and i want that pram!

joaquin carvel said...

old family photos like this are amazing - kisses blown to us from our own history. hoping to see some more soon.

Mary-Laure said...

MOMMYTHE - yes, my grandpa's dachshund was something of a mythical beast, so HUGE!

IMELDA & JOAQIN - there will be more pics very soon...