Wednesday, October 12, 2005


The view from my front porch as we prepare to jaunt park-ward. Note the stylish fake Burberry hats - a mere $2.00 apiece. We passed someone wearing what appeared to be the real thing today - he was of the right age, with an air of rumpled affluence. George spotted him instantly. "Hey! He has a hat just like mine!" I'm sure the older gent was thrilled to be comrades by association with little Mr. Dollar-Store hat. Update: It occurs to me I could tell you the names of the backs of the heads! From left to right, they are Harry, Zach, Darcy, and George.


Blogger kimmyk said...

what a precious picture Mary P!!!

It looks like they're watching the world pass them by....I can only imagine what they're thinking.

10/12/2005 12:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

Yes, a very cute picture.

I suppose the hats are for easy visual identification of the short people at the park?

10/12/2005 01:01:00 p.m.  
Blogger McSwain said...

This is so cute! And probably makes it much easier to tell exactly where your kids are, should one try to wander off. I like these better than the neon green t-shirts my son's preschool used!

10/12/2005 01:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Awww...they're cute!

10/12/2005 01:43:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kimmyk: They're thinking, "Why the heck won't she let us look at the camera??" Or perhaps, "When is she going to stop it with that damned camera and take us to the park like she said??"

Simon: Yes, indeed. With four or more children in my care, I pretty much do a running head count whenever we're in public. Having identical hats sure makes it simpler!

Cheryl: When I'm someplace very crowded and a bit further from home (like the noon concerts at the jazz festival), I have little over-the head, tie at the sides tabards, (yes, much like pages wore in the middle ages) that I put them in as well as the hats. Homemade and particoloured: blue on half the front, yellow on the other half, and the reverse on the back. They stand out in a crowd!

Pinned to the back of the tabard is a card that says: "I'm with Mary P. If I'm lost, call..." and my cell phone number on the other side of the card. We've never had to use it, but it's nice to know it's there! Plus it just makes me look so professional and together!!

Dorothy: Hello, and welcome! Yes they are cute. They'd be even cuter if I could show you their faces!

10/12/2005 02:08:00 p.m.  
Blogger Simon Peter said...

While I completely understand the need for the anonymity, do the children (or their parents) know that you blog about them?

The princesses know that daddy likes to blog and put their pictures on the web. Princess number one even likes to suggest taking her picture and blogging about things that she does.

10/12/2005 02:31:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Simon: Kids are ever the hams, aren't they? Give them an audience, and most of them are right there, mugging for the camera. My tots are no different.

10/12/2005 02:45:00 p.m.  
Blogger Bill said...

I was looking beyond the hats - nice tarmac ! I bet they are thinking "hey were did all that cool dirt go?"

10/12/2005 02:51:00 p.m.  
Blogger CyberKitten said...

You have a real eye for photography, Mary P (looks impressed)

10/12/2005 03:49:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

CK: An eye for photography? I've always seen myself as middling at best, but if you say so! Thanks.

10/12/2005 04:56:00 p.m.  
Blogger Haley said...

I think you've shot some very nice photos, Mum.

It's also so refreshing to hear a story like that. Children are so blissfully unaware of fashion at this age - and so they should be!

10/12/2005 06:18:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Haley: It's the joy of a digital camera: take 47 shots of the same thing to get the once decent one. Which, I suppose, is what professional photographers have done all along - though perhaps with a better ratio than mine!

10/12/2005 07:02:00 p.m.  
Anonymous MIM said...

They are so cute! You gotta love the little people.

10/12/2005 11:00:00 p.m.  
Blogger Clare's Dad said...

That is an awesome picture. It's just like I wrote a while back about Clare...I don't plan to show her face (unless I change my mind) but candid pictures from behind can still really show how cute kids are.

10/12/2005 11:19:00 p.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Mim: and I do!

CD: Well, this wasn't exactly candid, because one of them turned round to see what I was doing, and immediately started yelling "cheese!" causing the others to whirl around, and then I had to tell them to "look at the nice flowers on the porch across the street!" and then take the shot - fast - before they could whirl back again. So: candid, no; action shot, yes!

10/13/2005 07:45:00 a.m.  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

That is absolutely adorable! Nothing cuter than bucket hats on little kids!

10/13/2005 11:50:00 a.m.  
Blogger Mary P. said...


10/13/2005 12:13:00 p.m.  
Anonymous jungs said...

cute picture!

10/13/2005 06:24:00 p.m.  
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