It seems appropriate that I’m sitting at the piano, although at that time I didn’t know how to play a thing. I remember many of these things, although I’d forgotten about several of them: the Raggedy Ann umbrella, The Eye Book (still have it!), the Banana Splits stuffed characters (remember that TV show?), the sewing cards, and a few more of the books I see. Good memories, and I like the way most of the gifts were simple, non-technological things — although I suppose there weren’t a whole lot of high-tech gift options in 1970.
I also have to love how I really dressed up for the photo — even wearing an Easter bonnet, in October! And I think I spy my Santa Mouse pin on my jumper. Apparently I wanted to combine a bunch of holidays on my birthday :).
See the “tree” at the top right? That’s a “penny tree” that my sister won in a competition — maybe my mom guessed the right amount of $ on the tree to win it?
I have taken a birthday photo of my girls with their gifts several times. Have you, or is this just something unique to my family?