Friday, April 05, 2013

Friday Photo: A baptism

On the first two Fridays of each month, I showcase a family photo and answer the “who, what, when, where and why” of that picture. The first week’s Friday photo is taken from my side of the family and the second week’s Friday photo is chosen from my husband’s side of the family. (I got the idea for this column from Amy Coffin’s ebook The Big Genealogy Blog Book advertised on her The We Tree Genealogy Blog.)


Yvonne with her cousins in 1959
Yvonne with her cousins, 1959

Who:
Left to right, Carol, Diane with Pauline on her lap, and André with me on his lap.

What:
My cousins and I were photographed after Pauline’s baptism. Some of her presents are displayed on the back of the sofa, while the baptism shawl is draped next to us.

When:
The photo was taken in April 1959.

Where:
At my aunt and uncle’s home in Timmins, Ontario, Canada.

Why:
Joan (my Dad’s sister) and her husband Adrien gave a small party to celebrate their infant daughter Pauline’s baptism, a special, religious occasion in a Roman Catholic person’s life.

I love this photo, because it shows me with my cousins, whom I grew up with. Along with my paternal grandparents, my Laneville cousins were my closest relatives when I was young (we all lived in Timmins). We visited each other frequently, played together, went to the same schools, and one year, Pauline and I even took tap dancing lessons together.

Copyright © 2013, Yvonne Demoskoff.

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