The photo was taken in October 1960. That’s Basil at right, wearing the same expression I’ve seen a million times, getting a first glimpse of his new brother, Dean.
(Well, he will as soon as my mother-in-law, Dena, unwraps him!)
Basil is 5 here — and had long been king of the hill. Having a sibling was going to be quite an adjustment.
He looks curious and quizzical in this photo, but the family story goes that after a day or two, Basil was regularly asking when they were taking Dean back!
Three years later, they welcomed a sister, Marianne, who marks the big 5-0 today.
Here the three of them are together — I’m not sure what year.
Happy Birthday, Mari!