Ari & Dharma, July 1977

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    That's me on the right!

    The story: It's 1977. I am just over four years old. I am with my parents in San Cristóbal de las Casas, in Chiapas (near the border with Guatemala). It is fin de siècle of the High Hippy era.

    We are walking through the market. Suddenly, my mother is sure she sees one of her school friends, a woman she's known from elementary and high school, and whom she hadn't seen for 10 years, riding by on a bicycle. And this, in the market, of the then-remote and not-well-known-to-gringas, San Cristóbal de las Casas.

    She calls out, "Naomi!" and sure enough, it was her. Naomi stops, they get to talking, and we ended up staying a week with her and her three year old son (on the left in the photo). They had moved to Mexico a few years ago and ended up living there.

    After a random Facebook reconnect last week, my mother found out that they never left: Naomi became Noemi and she's a violinist in the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. And the tow-headed boy, Ari Brickman, son of a Montreal Jew, like me, grew up to be an actor and musician who sings some songs I rather like.

    lhl, torrez, mebooyou, Bringo, and 29 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Meighan 54 months ago | reply

      "This photo was taken in July 1977 using an HP Scanjet djf4200." - hah!

      Cute photo :)

    2. Fenchurch! 54 months ago | reply

      Oh my, those curls!

    3. Stewart 54 months ago | reply

      Meighan - yeah ... and no way to change it :)

    4. rvacapinta 54 months ago | reply

      Nice photo. Really evokes a time and place.

    5. txkimmers 54 months ago | reply

      I just love old photos with old stories.

    6. waferbaby 54 months ago | reply

      Stew: I'll fix that scanner bit when I get into the office.

    7. marrije 54 months ago | reply

      You were a Dharma before you were a Stewart? That is really sweet.

    8. mebooyou 54 months ago | reply

      Ari does have some nice songs.

    9. villany 54 months ago | reply

      such a sweet story!

    10. Pacdog 54 months ago | reply

      Wish I could remember my childhood with such detail.


    11. winnah 54 months ago | reply

      Stewart had a little help do help, however...

    12. danny 54 months ago | reply

      Like the tunes!

    13. ♥Melisa♥ 51 months ago | reply

      wonderful memories!!!!!!!!

    14. ScillyGirl5 39 months ago | reply

      Photos can be like keys to your inner self, they can unlock treasured memories, they can connect you to people and events passed, and they can inspire your creative spirit to fly.
      Wonderful photo!

    15. Yishana8 38 months ago | reply

      Aah! Cute story, too.

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