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Metamorphosis — Worth a thousand words

Now that everyone has their Christmas present senior portrait of Catherine, I can go for the big reveal here on the blog.

Drum roll, please:

catherine portrait

Pretty amazing — and even more so when you consider this is how she used to look. (Look, it took almost 18 years to grow hair!)

Catherine, just a couple of months old, enjoying bathtime.

Catherine, just a couple of months old, enjoying bath time.

Those of you who know my story know, too, that I couldn’t resist a little comparison.

Here’s my senior portrait, from 1984, and Catherine today.

senior portraits

We both fussed and fussed for these photos. I spent as much time mixing lipsticks to get just the right shade as she did curling her hair, but somehow, it doesn’t matter.

I’m struck by how, viewed side-by-side, they are an ideal reflection of us both — individually and together.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


6 thoughts on “Metamorphosis — Worth a thousand words

  1. Thanks so much for clicking “like” on my Wordless Wednesday post: it led me here and I LOVE this post!
    So perfect to see mother and daughter side by side.at the same ages!
    Ahhhh to be young again! Many say they hated high school or felt inadequate/insecure back then. I feel exactly the opposite about it–I think we may be more of who we REALLY are in high school than at any other time of life!

    Posted by SmallHouseBigGarden | March 12, 2014, 2:01 pm
  2. Hi there. Just browsing through the Happy Kids, Inc: Bloglovin’ Blog Hop and found your blog. Now following you via Bloglovin’ and would love if you popped along to my blog and maybe even followed back!

    Posted by Bel Smith | March 5, 2014, 4:29 pm
  3. Great Pics!! I keep having the same thought watch the kids go through their senior year……wish I could roll the clock back 32 yrs. The things I do different. Time goes by to fast. Before you know it, they’ll be taking portraits for their senior year in college……

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | March 5, 2014, 11:59 am
  4. Catherine kept her smile. What a gorgeous picture of a beautiful girl! (And you’re not bad either!)

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | March 5, 2014, 10:10 am

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