It was 1980. I was 12. I wore Dittos almost exclusively. This was the year a growth spurt left me with freakishly long legs and a normal upper body. This might have been the last year I could say I was thin. My sister was 15 and only a couple inches taller than me.
In summer 1980, my sister Kathy and I went on a vacation for 10 days or so back east to visit family. This picture was taken on the day we went to Washington DC with our cousins Carey and Becky. I think. Anyway, assuming it was that day, it was really cool because we took the bus, then the train and it was that one line of the train that goes under the Potomac and that was really neat. We went under a river. We spent the day going through museums and stopping at monuments. It might have been the trip when I took pictures of all the First Ladies’ dresses with my Vivitar 110 camera at the Smithsonian and since they are behind glass, every picture has a giant flash reflection. Nice.
Anyway, we took this picture at the Washington Monument. My parents liked it so much they used it as our Christmas Card that year.
I wish I hadn’t been slouching.
Or so tall.
But I did wear Vans tennies all around DC and I don’t think they were even available there. So there is that.