Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Ruby Tuesday: A Childhood Memory
Back when the world was flat and I was a child I had dreams - visions really - of the suburbs. The burbs were big news in the 50s and 60s - developments going up - the parents of us Boomers looking for room and land for all their youngins.
We lived in crowded Brooklyn. Didn't have much money or a car so I never got to go to the suburbs. Until one day my aunt took me to work with her. She worked for a Doctor who had just opened his second office - in the burbs of course - so he could keep all the patients who were moving.
I was amazed at all the green - trees and sidewalks and parking could live together!
Last week I was at my doc's office when I was hit with the most wonderful and startling memory. I was looking at a scene right out of 'My Day at Work With Aunt Pat'. The shadow the tree left on the ground, the big 2 lane road, the drive-thru bank across the road. Back then a drive-thru was a big deal.
I got the shot and then wanted to turn it into B&W, my memory was in B&W. It was a Commerce Bank and the two little red lines really popped out.
This poor photo has been through hell and back. What I lack in talent I make up for in tenacity.
I was determined to get those two red lines to show up but was so frustrated that they kept appearing uneven. Let me tell ya - I was saturatin' and croppin' and rotatin' - I had so many brushes open it's a wonder the Internet didn't crash.
Then I gave up LOL
Then this morning I drove by there and the REAL lines are uneven and the red is faded in some spots.
So here she is! My childhood memory of a magical land with a splash of red and all its flaws.
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