Sunday, June 5, 2011

It Must Have Been a Difficult Transition

My mom, Audrey Meinzen Doyle, was born on June 5, 1915, 96 years ago. In the photo to the left she was probably between 6 and 8 months old. There is no date or oral history about this photo postcard but on the back my grandmother wrote a note to her sister-in-law, Mina Meinzen Harris which says,
"I am sending you Audrey's picture[.] She is getting awfull fat and has four teeth but cries just as much as usal [sic]. How is your children? Emma"
I'm not sure if my grandmother meant that Mom cried a lot as a younger infant and continued to cry just as must at the age she was in this photo, or if she cried as much as most other infants. Some babies just seem to have a difficult transition from their pre-birth existence to life on this earth - and my mom must have been one of those babies! Poor girl.

Happy Birthday, Mom! I hope you're surrounded by loved ones.


  1. Such a beautiful baby, with very wise eyes. I wonder what she was thinking; if only we could know.
    Happy Birthday to your mom, and thanks for sharing this with us.


  2. Seriously, I wonder how any of us adjust from the comfort of the womb to the harsh reality of colic, diaper rash etc.
    Your Mom was a beautiful baby.


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