Chanukah 1996, age 8, at the family Chanukah party in Bobby’s (Bubby’s) apartment.
I love this picture of me, messy hair and nebby headband and all. This dress was a favorite of mine for a while. My grandmother sewed it for me, and it had a little flounce at the waist, with sparkly gold all over and cute little flower pretend-buttons.
Of course I was sitting on the floor in the back room, intently reading a book during the party.
The back room was where the kids went to play games while the adults chatted in the dining room (men) and living room (ladies). I imagine this photo was taken once all the cousins had run to the front for the grab-bag, while I stayed behind to read in the rare quiet.
Or, the cousins were still there in the room making a ruckus, and it didn’t matter to me because I had a book in my lap…
Below: in the midst of a game of some sort at this party. My brother in the foreground, me and my cousin to the right, two of her brothers in the background.