I published this on my birthday in 2009, but I still think it tells my story so let’s go again!!

Today is my birthday and I’ve attained a certain age.  I have plans, things to do, places to go.  But today I’m looking back.


(I tried to cut my own bangs–oops.)

For a few years after “the war,” I was an only child.  We lived in an apartment in Chicago where I played.

buggy-me snow-me1 bike-me

I REALLY wanted to be a “cowgirl.”  I dreamed of the far west.  I idolized Hopalong Cassidy.


While I was running around the streets pretending to be this and that, my parents were building a new house and having a new baby.


I noticed immediately that the driveway made a PERFECT stage:

driveway-1 dress-up-me

Time passed and many new houses were built filling up the street, new brothers arrived.


Eventually they all moved into a bigger  house, but by then I was gone, starting a new life.  I moved to the far west to be a cowgirl.

Here’s to another year of fun, out on the ranch!!!


  1. Heh. Never knew you wanted to be a cow-woman (somehow it doesn’t have quite the same ring as “girl” does it? Anywa, ride ’em cowgirl and have a great day!

  2. You are still just as adorable as in these photos. It’s never too late to become a cowgirl. I know there are plenty of outfits available right where you live.
    Looks like a very nice childhood until those pesky brothers showed up. Glad that happened, though. You are the best sister in the universe.
    Happy, happy birthday! Sending our love from Seattle.

  3. Happy Birthday Bon! I love the illustrated fable, which reads like a poem, a children’s book, a vision quest. Your move to the west–and so many other gifts and goodnesses–have shaped many lives, including my own. Thinking of you today.

  4. Well, those are some fun pictures… happy birthday, and thank you for a wonderful afternoon on Saturday! I will have you know that instead of toasting you with wine or champagne tonight, we toasted your special day with a local brewery beer sampler. A bit strange for you perhaps, but somehow this reinvention of celebration rang quite nicely. You have been a blessing beyond belief for me during the short time I’ve known you. Thank you for that. Happy birthday and look forward to seeing you again soon!

    P.S. After seeing that haircut job you did on yourself, it is no wonder why Roger got so infuriated in Italy all those years back. 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!!! hope you have a great, festive day. Love this post…the photos are little treasures. Hopalong and Annie Oakley :))

  6. Happy, happy birthday Bonnie!!! I would know that darling little cowgirl anywhere! You’ve still got it girl! Happy trails, dear friend, Thanks for the ride-along.

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