Dolly, the little tyke in this photo, is celebrating her birthday today. I don't know if this is a birthday photo or not but as happy as everyone looks, it sure could have been.
Sitting on the left is my mother's youngest sister, Polly Meinzen. She was probably about 15 at the time this was taken. The man behind Dolly is my grandfather, William Carl Robert "Bob" Meinzen, looking happier than I've ever seen him! He looks positively radiant, and it's fun to see him looking so. By the time I was old enough to remember him, perhaps 15 years later, there wasn't much joy left.
I can't quite place the location of this photo. At first I thought it was my grandparents' house but the arrangement of the wall and door isn't quite right. Maybe some family member who sees this will recognize the location.
Dolly is my cousin and while "Dolly" was the perfect name for her when she was little -- doesn't she remind you of Shirley Temple but with blonde hair? -- she adopted a more mature name in adulthood. I think the only people who still call her Dolly are family members.
Happy, happy birthday, Dolly. I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year!
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