For a change I asked Amazon to send a gift to me rather than ship it directly to its recipient. I hoped to fill the two-photo frame with pictures from my vast collection before I remailed it to California for the 50th anniversary celebration of my sister, Carol, and her Bill.

But my vast collection let me down.

1968-bridesmaids for Carol's wedding California

What I found was a picture of me fifty years ago when I was young and slim——and married and barely PG with Ben (who, yes, will be 50 years old next March!)

Beard wedding Nill family

There was this one too, but it’s too pixelly. So I printed up two placeholder pics, took the gift to the post office, and sent an SOS note to my niece Krista, who would be celebrating with her parents on the California coast. “Pictures, please!”



She so readily gave her permission to share with you these two pictures from her folder of 40 that I now wish I had asked for more!

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