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.