Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay

I know that it is customary in the blogosphere to put a photo of yourself on your blog.  As I understand it, the reasoning goes that by showing the world what you look like, more people will be interested in what you have to say.  You will be legit.

[I have my doubts about the truth of this assumption, but that isn’t what I’m in the mood to talk about today.]

So, not wanting to seem standoffish or out-of-touch, I decided to look for a picture of me.  This project seemed easy enough until I realized that I have very few photos of me.  I think that I must have been Amish in another life because I don’t like to have my photo taken.  Ever.

Still, I persevered and eventually I found this photo of me, age 3 (maybe 4?).

I think that this photo is close enough to what I look like now to qualify as a current photo of me. I still squint when looking into the sun.  I still have short blonde, sometimes curly, not quite straight hair.  I still have a rather casual approach to everyday outfits.

However, there are two important things about me that have changed since this photo was snapped.  First, I wear glasses all the time.

[Feel free to print this photo and draw glasses on me.  Make them kind of rectangular, rimless, with no-line bifocals– and make them very expensive.]

And second, I no longer carry a toy gun with me wherever I go.  I cannot overemphasize this point enough.

You see, this photo was taken during my “Wyatt Earp/Dale Evans” phase when I was convinced that if I dragged this gun around with me all the time, I’d eventually get my parents to buy me a cute little cowgirl outfit.  My tactics failed.  I never got the outfit and at some point a few months after this photo was taken, my little gun mysteriously got broken and was thrown out.

While it’s true that I never achieved my cowgirl dreams, this photo of me and the toy gun remains today.  And because of it I can show the world who I really am.  Or was. And more importantly, I can show the world that I’m a serious blogger with a picture of myself clearly posted for everyone to see.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Creative. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Looking for the crumb of truth in the cookie of life.

11 thoughts on “Yippie-yi-yo-ki-yay”

  1. Where’s your hand-drawn moustache? That’s what I wore at that time to make the cowboy theme authentic. I owned no toy handguns, but “borrowed” my brother’s at times to accent the cowboy boots and — not meaning to brag here — my VEST…

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  2. Sherry, you were more clever than I was at that age. I just tried to subtly influence my parents with a hint of what I wanted. I should of been more proactive, it seems.

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  3. Like the picture!! Very Cute! Also like your blog! I was in Columbus over the weekend at my Aunt’s funeral. Rain and then snow…..no wonder I love Texas!

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    1. Hey there Ruth. I’m happy that you found my blog. I like the picture, too. It’s kind of a goof– but then so am I!

      (Sorry to hear about your aunt.)

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  4. I wouldn’t have noticed the toy gun, so I’m glad you mentioned it. I’ll avoid making you angry–just in case that Dale Evans phase comes back. Cute photo! I was very blond too when younger, but became brunette in my late teens.

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  5. Margaret, when I first found this photo I didn’t notice the gun either. Then when I started looking at the photo I saw it and I remembered how much I wanted to be a cowgirl. Shattered dreams, I tell ‘ya. 🙂

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  6. i went through an annie get your gun phase as a child.

    i don’t normally have pictures of myself on my blog either, but this week was different. i was trying to encourage myself to get dressed properly. 🙂 you know, be presentable in public. but it was more for me than for anyone else.

    do the amish really not like having their pictures taken?

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  7. julochka, I’ve always been told that the Amish don’t like to have their photos taken because it robs them of their sense of self– or something like that. I probably should of researched that more before I said it.

    Michelle, lol here. Glad that you found me. I have no interest in being a daily blogger again, but once or twice a week I’ll try to post something. I’m going to be a much more relaxed blogger than before. Simplify… don’t you know?!

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  8. So glad you are blogging again. I still say you need to write a book. I love your style!
    A wonderful picture and a wonderful memory for you! Kris is the one in our family who got a full cowgirl outfit with a red cowgirl hat!

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  9. Beth, thanks for the compliment. I don’t know that I have it in me to write a whole book, but a few blog posts every once in awhile I can do.

    I bet that Kris looked adorable as a cowgirl.

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