Little Girl, A Long Time Ago

These are really random, but my mom and dad found these pictures a few weeks ago. You can see clearly that they were folded. I had this weird obsession as a child to fold things, cut them, and carry them around with me in my little girl purse; these were just a few of the things I subjected innocent photos to as a young girl. I actually cut all the way around one of my parents’ wedding photos and gave it a “beautiful fringe look.” That’s another story altogether, though.

Here you can see that I have actually been playing softball before the pictures were taken. I’m pretty sure this was the year that I played with a bunch of boys on the Parks Chevrolet team. Check out my ripped and rolled-up jeans. That’s right. If you are going to play ball with a bunch of boys, you have to show your style. I never played without a bow, either. See blue and white polka-dotted ribbon below.

Here I am at one of my favorite annual summer events growing up—New Albany Cheerleading Clinic. I got to learn dances from the “really cool high school girls,” do stunts, and run around the empty high school all day with my friends. My favorite part was getting to rehearse for the Saturday program on the stage in the auditorium. The facial expression here is priceless. Am I mad? Is the sun in my eyes? Do I think it’s stupid to take a picture with this pose? We’ll never know.

This is me and one of my cousins, Lacey, at another cousin’s wedding (Reneé Austin Ereckson). It was really fabulous and was held at a swanky yacht club in Savannah, Georgia. I got to be a rice girl and wear baby’s breath in my hair. I still remember it like it was yesterday, and it was one of my favorite weddings.

So, there you have it—a small peak into the girl version of me. More memories to be shared as I finally get all of these old pictures organized one day…

Sara Beth Parks is a designer, Southern girl, and lover of all things beautiful, currently writing of her journey with art, design, and life on this blog, “My Latest Buzz.”

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