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A good family friend, Mimeme Houghton, handmade this smocked dress for Jessamyn. Mimeme and her husband ran an orphanage in France.

Jessamyn was holding a toy that rolled along the ground, tossing little wooden balls around the inside of a plastic dome.

Taken sitting in a chair at the West grandparents' home.

It's a birthday tradition that I upload pictures of my kids on their birthdays, since I celebrate every stage they have been through, as well as where they are now.

Not every picture I like is a smiley one. Jessamyn was dressed up for something here, in a grey flannel jumper. I love the hands.

Rusty, Cherry and I just wanted to wish my Flickr pal Jess a very happy 15th birthday! Jess, I hope you had a fantastic day, and hopefully you feel great being 15 now!

I cannot for the life of me figure out whether that's a carrot or a candle, but I bet Jess will recognize everything else in this picture.

Since Jessamyn is a Librarian like me, I thought it fitting to compose birthday greetings made from the spines, title pages and covers of some books I own. I will identify each title later. Some of these books are very old. Some of them aren't.

 

UPDATE: Here are the titles -

 

Wonder Woman, from The Great Comic Book Heroes, compiled, introduced and annotated by Jules Feiffer, the Dial Press, NY 1965.

 

H - Searching for Hassan : A Journey to the Heart of Iran, by Terence Ward, Anchor Books, 2002.

 

A - Generation X : Tales for an Accelerated Culture, Douglas Coupland, St. Martin's Press, 1991.

 

P - The Beggar's Opera, by John Gay, The Heritage Press, 1937.

 

P - Five Great Dialogues, Plato, Walter J. Black, Inc., 1942.

 

Y - Two Years Before the Mast : and Twenty-Four Years After, by R. H. Dana, Jr., P.F. Collier & Son Corp., 1937.

  

B - The Great Comic Book Heroes, compiled, introduced and annotated by Jules Feiffer, the Dial Press, NY 1965.

 

I - Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow, Tor, 2003.

 

RT - The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 1, W. W. Norton and Co., 1962.

 

H - The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran, Knopf, 1988.

 

D - Walden : or Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, The Heritage Press, 1939.

 

A - Strangers in Paradise : Stories, by Lee K. Abbott, Ohio State University Press, 1996.

 

Y - A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribners and Sons, 1964.

  

JE - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Nelson, New Century Library. This is the only book I own that is undated. It is small and leather-bound. It's pages are brittle and yellowed, and thin like an old bible. I'm guessing it is pre-1930, but I could be wrong.

 

S - Catullus : the Poems, St. Martin's Press, 1973.

 

S - Bilbo's Last Song, J.R.R. Tolkien, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, Knopf, 1974, 1990.

 

A - Serials Review, Elsevier, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2004.

 

M - Life of Pi, Yann Martel, Harcourt, Inc., 2001.

 

Y - Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version, 1989. Stolen by me from a Methodist church in Albuquerque during a wedding. Yes, I'm going to hell.

 

N - Blink : the Power of Thinking Without Thinking, by Malcolm Gladwell, Little-Brown and Co., 2005.

 

UPDATE 2: Re: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: This site says, "Undated, circa 1900."

I've enjoyed seeing my daughters' hairstyles over the years. Mine seldom changes. It was very long. Then it was short. (Then it was gone, but that's different.) Jess was playing Powderpuff Football here. Now that young woman can actually join football teams, is this still played? If so, I bet the guys no longer stuff basketballs-as-boobs into their shirts when they play cheerleaders.

I love the birthdays of my kids, because I love my kids and because I love birthdays. Today is the birthday of my firstborn daughter. For the last few years, I've put up pictures of her early years on flickr. This year is no exception.

 

Happy birthday, Jess!

Less than 6 months old here.

Imagine being the mother of someone who is known by only her first name? I imagine this is what Cher's mom feels like. Flickr has more than 2500 images tagged "jessamyn," and except for a cute kitty and baby, most show the little one above all grown up.

 

This is Jessamyn's first birthday. She was a really cute kid and has grown into a lovely woman. I'm glad I got to watch. Happy birthday, Jess!

 

By the way, to see previous years photos, search for "happybirthdayjess."

it's my sisters birthday today, and i hope that she has a good one!

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She always did love orange.

happy 40th, jessamyn, from kate and ned!

Taken shortly after we moved here, when the stairs to the second floor had a door, and the fir flooring and the old wallpaper were still in place.

Your little half-smile started young.

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Juli and I worked on this today, and any coolness you note is all his fault!

My Aunt Horty hosts a family get-together every year. This was one that Jess attended as a teen.

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