Momiversary

So, I’ve told you the saga of getting Katy, my first Boykin Spaniel. Nine years ago today. And I’ve told you about losing her to a car when she was 20-months old. I’ve even told you about my identical twin, Susan, who only lived for a few hours.

But, I haven’t told you about this photo.

The first time we took Chappy to Martha’s Vineyard … well, it was an awful trip, really. (If such a thing is possible.) It rained for all except the last day we were there. Chappy was only 9 months old and didn’t know what to make of this “vacation” thing. He barked at every noise. Cars. People. Lights. Noises. Someone sneezing three miles away. Everything. We were wet. We were stuck in a perfectly nice room at a B&B, except, it was kind of small for three of us for long hours. There was nowhere for us to sit and eat because the room didn’t have anything resembling a table. My allergies were terrible. It was just … not great.

That last day, though? The sun finally came out. We took advantage of it to take Chappy over to Chappaquiddick to see the beach. And when Mom got her film developed she had this interesting double-exposure.

Now, of all the years she had that camera, this never happened. It took pictures and advanced the film just like it was supposed to, for thousands of pictures of family, grandkids, vacations, everything. Never any technical difficulties at all.

Which makes this picture that much more interesting.

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Me and Chappy, on the beach.

Twice.

Or, is it me, Chappy … and … Katy and Susan, stopping by for a romp? Especially since the second me over there doesn’t seem to be casting much of a shadow. And the one dog doesn’t seem to be wearing a leash.

Yes, yes, I know–it’s a simple double-exposure. But what are the odds of it happening only once to a perfectly functioning camera, on the brightest, happiest moment of a vacation, so that it shows doubles of me–an identical twin–and Chappy, who really does look quite a bit like his older “sister.” Who’s to say that Susan (and Katy) didn’t take a mystical hand in the malfunction to create this picture to let us know they were there?

Coincidentally, Mom wrote about this exact same thing today.  Which is pretty funny in itself, since I don’t think of this picture very often, but was planning to write this post all day. (We do this telepathy thing to each other all the time!)

Not only that, I heard the “Katy Song” for the first time in months today. Back in 1999, the day before I was supposed to pick up Katy at the airport, I heard the Savage Garden song “I Knew I Loved You Before I Met You” on the radio while driving to work and practically melted. The lyrics were perfect.

Maybe it’s intuition
but some things you just don’t question
Like in your eyes, I see my future in an instant
And there it goes,
I think I found my best friend
I know that it might sound
more than a little crazy
but I believe…

I knew I loved you before I met you
I think I dreamed you into life
I knew I loved you before I met you
I have been waiting all my life

There’s just no rhyme or reason
Only the sense of completion
And in your eyes, I see
the missing pieces I’m searching for
I think I’ve found my way home
I know that it might sound
more than a little crazy
but I believe…

I was so anxious to get my arms around that little puppy, and the words hit exactly right, and ever since, it’s known in our family as the “Katy Song,” and it always makes me think of her. So, what are the odds it would come up today?

I guess she’s thinking about me, too.

Some random links:

  • Have you been watching the Presidential race? Well, even if you haven’t, check out this very cool video of Synchronized Debating. Love it.
  • And, go wish Kim a happy birthday!

7 Responses to “Momiversary”

  1. I mostly remember hearing about Schoolhouse Rock, I was a little old for it.

    Aw. That photo of you and Chappy and Susan and Katy makes me want to cry. Who else could it be?

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  2. Creepy but cool pic!

    And here’s another way to dress up a wine bottle (or two)
    http://www.drvino.com/2008/01/04/howto-make-a-furoshiki-wine-carrier/

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  3. not sure if the comment went through.

    So….
    Cool but creepy pic!

    And another way to dress up a wine bottle or two,
    http://www.drvino.com/2008/01/04/howto-make-a-furoshiki-wine-carrier/

    Carol’s last blog post..Catnip High

  4. That picture is amazing. Amazing and a bit eerie.

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  5. What an interesting photo! It really makes you stop and think. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the b-day wishes! That picture is freaky! I think it’s your twin and Katy. No leash no shadow! Wow!

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  7. [...] 5. This may not be a surprise, but Martha’s Vineyard is one of my very favorite places in the world. My grandmother grew up there, my mother spent all her summers growing up there. My dog’s name is Chappaquiddick. We call our house “Martha’s Vineyard South” because it’s got so many odds and ends and knicknacks and decorations from the island. And it inspired one of my favorite ghost stories. The house that my great-grandmother lived and died in is now a restaurant, and the one and only time Mom and I ate there, we sat outside on the patio on a beautiful, still May night … and our candle wouldn’t stay lit. The waitress kept relighting it. She tried giving us other, well-behaved candles from other tables. She watched us to see if we were blowing it out ourselves. But, no. As still as the air was, OUR candle–and no other–kept going out. The only explanation we can come up with is that it was “The Grandmothers” making mischief, making sure we knew that they knew we were there at great-grandma’s house. Especially when you consider that, an hour or so later, after supper, when we walked back past the restaurant, the candle on our table was lit and steady. (Not to mention the only known “photo” of me and my twin.) [...]