Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cowgirl Judy Ann



I've always loved this photo of my mother, and I know she did, too. I don't know for certain why she is sitting on a pony dressed as a cowgirl, but if I remember correctly, she once told me that a man was walking through the neighborhood with his pony one day, taking photos of children as they sat on it.

My mother looks to be about 6 or 7 years old, and a front tooth is missing. It could have been taken in Sioux City, Iowa, or Tacoma, Washington. Nothing is written on the back of the photo (of course), but on the front she has written, "With Love, Judy Ann." To whom it was given, I don't know; I found the photo in my grandmother's collection after she passed away.

What I do know is that this is a snapshot of a moment in time when my mother was a happy, carefree child. What child wouldn't be thrilled to sit on a pony, even for just a few minutes?

I hope that she had wonderful memories of that day.

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Written for the 78th Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: Pony Pictures!

Copyright © Elizabeth O'Neal

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3 comments:

GeneaGeek said...

This photo is adorable - what a gorgeous little girl your mother was. I'd love to have a family photo like this.

CMPointer said...

What a beautiful photo ~ she certainly looked very happy that day!

Gini said...

Hi Elizabeth, what a wonderful photo! If I recall correctly someone once told me that the outfit was supplied by the pony owner for the photo. Not sure if that is true or not but it does make sense. Sort of like when you go would go to the fair or a studio and were able to pick out a dress up outfit. Just a thought. You sure can see what a happy child your mom was.