This picture was taken in 1956, the year I turned eight. My birthday was in April, but my parents were busy moving us into our first house so my birthday party was moved to the summer, giving me a chance to make friends in the neighborhood.
I love that my sister and I were wearing dresses and all the girls were barefoot. Seeing the front porch brings back memories of the times we sat out there surveying any movement going on up and down the street.
Left to right: Jeanette, Johnny, Snookie, Jerry, Me, Jackie and Bonnie.
Fifty-three years later, my parents still live in that house and I still feel like their kid when I go there.