It seemed fitting on multiple levels to feature this photo this week. Lots of “playing with new toys” time here following the holidays in the Wise house. Compounded by winter and pandemic, our home has held onto us more tightly than ever.
So this one features my wife, Erin Pickett, on the left, turned around for a smile toward our unknown photographer; and her older sister Carey, atop the rocking chair. The familiarity here — of our current Charlotte and Evie dynamic — is tremendous.
There are several fun items and toys to spot here. Perhaps the edge of a recognized quilt or basket/crafty item down at the left bottom? Behind Erin is what looks like a small plastic toy house, perhaps that says “play house” at the top center. Atop the radiator is a suit-cased turntable for the littles (love it!). I think the green item on the right is likely an easel’d up chalkboard to write on. Next to that, I spy the familiar rolling telephone toy with blue wheels that so many had in this era. Carey appears to have a marker in her hand (and cap in her mouth?) with the looks that she’s going to edit and markup whatever is rolling out of that typewriter in front of her. And you can’t miss the case with Barbie on front, likely with dolls and clothes inside, an apparent paper cup and napkin from the last snack sitting on top. Carey’s rocking chair could be one of the two we have in our house.
For dating — there is a processing date for Aug of 1982, so I’m guessing late winter/early spring before that, where Erin would be 3.5 years and Carey 4.5 years.
For location, this was in a transitional home for the young Pickett family. Meg and Dave referred to it as the “airport road house” — using google maps, I believe it to be the home located at 25840 Jerkwater Rd in Sheridan. Erin recalled the pull-through driveway. Looks like they have a pool upgrade now! Meg thought the family lived there from either 1980 or 1981 until 1983 when they moved to their 2nd St house.
- Any memories of the young girl’s favorite toys?
- Any memories of time in this home?
- Who do we think took the photograph?