Uncle Fred Paints the Goose

The photographic childhood of Mother Goose was extraordinary! I was (and still am!) the oldest of three beautiful children. Mom made all three of us look good for the camera — she taught us how to pose and how to reveal our best side by looking off into the distance. She was in favor of BIG smiles — always show as much emotion as your face can handle. Because I was the first child (and the first granddaughter) there are thousands of pictures of me. There are fewer pictures of my brother. And here’s the only know existing picture of my dear sissy.

Could she possibly look any cuter?

My brother grew up to be a very big, kind, and gentle man. But he used to be just a tator tot.

Another perfect pose.

And then here’s Mother Goose, of course, to complete the fine photographic session.

Maybe you notice the scab on my forehead.

All three children wonderfully composed and captured on film for generations to behold and enjoy. How sweet!

But…..only the portrait of Mother Goose was actually painted (oil on canvas, no less) by our grandfather whose name was Uncle Fred.

Miraculously the scab has disappeared!

Uncle Fred contended that he was too young to be a grandfather. Thus the name Uncle Fred. He was a professional painter, but seldom did portraits. He specialized in landscapes and wildlife scenes. But he painted Mother Goose because I was the oldest — not necessarily the cutest nor the prettiest, nor the most charming just the oldest. And I still am.

More about Uncle Fred tomorrow! Please come back! He’s a WWII hero!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 15:43:11

    Haha that IS the only known picture of me!
    Good thing you have it for safe keeping!
    What on earth did you do to your head? Or is it what did we do to your head! Lol

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  2. Dianna
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 18:24:42

    Aw…how special to have your portrait painted by your grandfather, I mean Uncle Fred! Can’t wait to hear more about him.

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    • Natalie
      Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:59:07

      He was a real character, for sure. I was secretly unhappy with the portrait for most of my life as I thought he’d made my gums much too prominent… 🙂

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  3. Three Well Beings
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:53:43

    What a treasure to have this portrait. I am also the oldest child and first grandchild…and it’s true that I probably always got the most attention. As others came along I just got louder and more insistent on keeping my place at the top of the heap! I remember those wonderful poses of your mom you shared a month or so ago…she was a good teacher! All three of you are very photogenic! I’m sorry there is only one picture of your poor sister…that’s hilarious! Debra

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  4. Natalie
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 11:01:16

    Debra, I didn’t get louder or more insistent. Though they all wanted me to be a star, I simply retreated to my life as a book worm. Only recently have I come out…of my reading closet and begun a real life of action and adventure.

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