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Billie Waller, 5 years old, 1920

My father would have been ninety-nine years old today.

In September, he’ll have been gone for thirty-one years.

It’s easier to imagine him as the child in this picture

than to imagine him at ninety-nine.

Of two things, however, I’m certain:

If here were here today,

his blue eyes would still be twinkling,


Β he would still be making us laugh.


When I was a child, my three cousins looked like my mother,

and my grandmother, and my aunts,

but I didn’t look like anyone.

I felt like an outsider and decided I’d been adopted,

although old photographs and witness testimony indicated otherwise.

It was years before I realized I looked like someone after all.

Kathy Waller, 8 years old, 1960
Kathy Waller, 8 years old, 1960

12 thoughts on “Billie

    1. I might have seen the resemblance earlier if I hadn’t been so nearsighted. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the comment.


    1. Thank you. And thank you for reading and tweeting. It’s taken me a couple of years, but I’ve finally figured out what the button with the little bird is for.


  1. The twinkle was his hallmark. It always preceded a display of dry wit. Thanks for commenting.


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