Just when I thought the Weekly Photo Challenge was over as 2011 ended….it’s NOT! This shot from my 2010 archives. No flash. Taken with morning’s available light, in the family living room. His mom is getting out of the way as she has just taped up the flaps.
Launch conjures up outer space in my mind, a launch pad- although I feel proud all three of my children and grown and launched.
Here’s Michael, patiently waiting for lift off. He sure loves empty boxes. The costume a Stormtrooper from Star Wars (Clone Wars?) but in this case it’s an astronaut. You saw Michael just after Christmas in another empty box (here if you missed it)
And if you go to this link you can see other bloggers’ responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch
Their links are in the comments section plus you can see the example photo of hot air balloons shown to inspire our responses to the challenge. Always an interesting variety of interpretations to the challenge and many excellent photographers’ work.
When Mark was four or five all he wanted was the Millennium Falcon.
It was the one toy of childhood he truly longed for and did not receive. Oh how he wanted it! He LOVED Star Wars.
And I looked at it all those years ago and thought it was a lot of money at the time for a big hunk of plastic (at least that is how I remember it) So I didn’t buy it for him. Obviously, this topic has resurfaced over the years.
This past January I happened to sit next to a nice man and his wife at a friend’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party. We were chatting and he said he owned a Vintage Toy store- Where the Toys Are in Canonsburg PA.
“By any chance do you have a Millennium Falcon?”, I asked.
“Why, yes!”, he said he thought he did AND sure enough he emailed me and sent me photos. His friend (the 60th birthday guy was his childhood friend) delivered it right to my home (in the original box!) in February and I was so excited.
I kept it until Mark’s birthday but it was really hard to keep the surprise. I asked Matthew if he thought Mark would be happy to get it after all this time and he said he thought so and sure enough, look at Mark’s face in this photo.
A couple of weeks ago the Where the Toys Are man and his wife and the 60th Birthday man and his wife were in Zagreb and they called me on their cell phone from a 300 year old bar and I got to hear Matthew playing guitar and singing, 4550 miles away from Pittsburgh! Happy Happy Happy all around.
Remember Spiderman sitting on Uncle Matty?
Four years old today! WOW.
How did that happen?
Seems like you were just born, Jack.
Here’s one of my favorites from Christmas with the new Star Wars Lightsaber.
Happy Birthday and I’ll see you soon.
xxooxx love, FF Ruthie