I found this black and white snapshot in a basket of photos in an antique shop in St. Paul recently. The boy on the far right next to the girl with her little concertina is named 'Chopper.'
The back of the photo reads:
'Chopper & the Jim Swoyer children on
his birthday in Nov. 1951.'
Always the sucker for old photos, the faces on these children made me elated and I couldn't leave the store without it. [Check out the old doll the other little boy is holding. And those braids: that could have been me a few years later.] Priceless expressions all, each in his or her own way. And so I put two and two together and decided that to be invited to Chopper's birthday party must have been enough to make them feel elated!
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