Birthdays Archive

Will Jackson

Printed and framed by Will Jackson of Seattle as a gift to his Aunt June in Virginia.

   “My mom always said ‘to have a friend, be one’- A few years ago, I took this picture that really shows their love for each other.”

“My mom always said ‘to have a friend, be one.’ She met June at a party in Richmond, Virginia in 1949—June was in tears with morning sickness and Mom, also pregnant, came to her aid—and they stayed best friends until Mom died a year and half ago. Although June soon moved to New Jersey, then Maryland and finally back to coastal Virginia, she and Mom visited often, vacationed together, and stayed close through thick and thin for 64 years.

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 They consoled each other during tough times, loved parties, (the wilder the better – at a mid-‘60s beach bash, they swapped dresses to confuse one of June’s beaus) and were ultimate shopping buddies. Most of all they made each other laugh.

A few years ago, I took this picture that really shows their love for each other.”Sending gifts

Will Jackson

This birthday photo was printed and framed by Marion Richards, Seattle, WA, to hang in her home.

“I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

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“I took this photo of my son James on his fourth birthday last September. It was in the morning…he’d just opened his presents and these were his two favorites. The Spiderman car his big sister chose for him—Ruby was six—and the bulldozer was from his grandparents in South Africa.  He was lying on the couch playing with them and I snapped the picture. Later, I framed this, my favorite of his birthday photos, with Sworl.”

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“My husband usually takes the best pictures so I was pretty pleased to catch this one. I took it in our living room where there’s a lot of natural light. Now I have it hanging on our stairway, and also as the screensaver on my phone. James loves it—and he still often plays with those toys!”

—As told to Will Jackson