Recently, I found a small cache of pictures from various time periods in my life including some photos when I was very young. This photograph is one of my all-time favorites. The photograph itself is a nice composition showing four small girls diligently blowing polyvinyl acetate bubbles. In the picture, each little girl is in a different stage of the process. Marcia, the girl on the far right, is just beginning the bubble blowing. Next, towed-headed Susan has produced a medium sized bubble. Plus, Susan is visible right through the her bubble, which is a nice artistic touch. Little Linda's bubble is smaller. Finally, there I am the dark-haired child on the left with a ginormous bubble.
In addition to being a nice photographic composition, this picture depicts a happy and memorable event. This bubble blowing event took place at a summer birthday party of a neighborhood friend, Gwenie, whose real name is Gwendolyn. The birthday girl is a few years older than me, and her birth date was on July 18th. Every year, Gwenie would have a party and invite a few neighborhood friends. I am happy to have this snapshot glance of such fun and joyful time in my life.
As the years past, Gwenie and I attended different schools. My family moved away from that neighborhood so I lost track of Gwenie, her sister Susan, and their little brother Kim. But every year on July 18th, I remember that this is Gwenie's birthday. Happy Birthday Gwenie wherever you are.