Monday, June 13, 2011

Yesterday's princess...

This pictures still makes me smile!

When I say 'yesterday's princess'... I mean a lot of yesterdays ago...

One of the blessings of blogging is reflecting back on personal memories, and putting them down in black and white.I was a junior in high school in southern California.

My best friend Margie was the queen and I was one of the princesses of the annual Wisteria Festival in Sierra Madre, California. This was a 7 acre garden of wisteria, which bloomed every year at Easter time.
Youth for Christ was sponsoring the whole festival that year, so it was lots of fun for all of us.

It made me curious to see if it is still going on... sure enough!

Here is the link for this year.

I had to dig DEEP into one of the old, old bins in the garage to find these pictures!

We walked around with all the people who came to visit, and a photographer took pictures of 'the court' with our visitors. Oh boy... my most vivid memory of the whole thing were the clear plastic high heeled sandals... sadly, I felt like royalty in them!

Can you guess which one is me?

A fun memory from a long time ago...


(I'm the far left in the top photo, center front on lower photo)

17 comments:

Nancy said...

Sonja, Aren't these kind of memories so precious...and to have a picture to go with your memory is special........Just reading your post is taking me down memory lane....

I think you are the princess on the right hand side in front.....love the bangs I had them too.......

You know you are still a princess, God's Princess.....Isn't it wonderful that He still loves us as we MATURE?

Have a day of smiles as you go down memory lane.

Hugs and blessings,
Nancy

Farm Girl said...

Well let me see if I can tell, in the top picture are you on the right in the front row next to the princess? Then in the bottom picture are you the one in the back row to the left?
I think the girls in this picture are all just beautiful and I bet you had a nice time and what a neat festival I bet it smelled heavenly.

Sonja said...

Actually, the top pic is me on the far left, bottom one is me front center. :)

Runner Mom said...

Love these pictures!!!What a special time it is as we grow up. I had the opportunity last week to do lunch with my BFF from high school while Austin was having college orientation a few blocks away. We had such a great time catching up and remembering the fun we shared. Thanks so much for sharing these memories here today!!
Hugs!
Susan

Marsha Young said...

Sonja - Fun memories! I think you look great today, too! :)

There is a great difference in simply getting older, or aging well. I think you are doing the latter with style. Of course, I should have known you were a princess. :)
Blessings - Marsha

Sassy Granny ... said...

I'll not look at a Wisteria vine again without thinking of you! What a beautiful batch of royalty are you "girls". I'm thinking I see many remains of your youth in your present photo, too.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful and fun memory....I guessed right btw...honest I did, haha. You made a beautiful princess! HUGS

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is just great! I love all the dresses...they just make you smile. I am so glad they still do this...and you are still royalty in my book!

Felisol said...

So sad I came to late to vote. I placed you just where you told. Something about your bold, direct glance and your genuine smile that haven't changed.

Debbie said...

I was hoping you would tell us which one is you! Now, I'm going to have to go back and study some more. It's a whole group of beauties, that's for sure.

OK, I'm guess the one on the top left. I'll be back later to see if you update.

Vivek said...

Hi ,

How are you doing ?
Long time since I visited your space.
These pics are so lovely .. definitely give you a boost and tells you Look at me ..I still Young ..Don't I ;) ..
These are some of the treasures we always treasures ..lifetime.. most precious moments.

Lovely!

Take care
keep smiling.

Saleslady371 said...

In the first row of 3 girls, you are the one on the left. This is so much fun! Have a great day.

Sharon said...

Sonja - Goodness! The Sierra Madre Wisteria Festival? I grew up in Arcadia - so I remember this one! (Were we living parallel lives or what?!?!) Quick question: did you and Margie stay in touch?

You are a beauty - then and now.

And memories are just so much fun. Even when the newspaper is a little "yellowed"... ;)

GOD BLESS!

GWENNY said...

Sonja,
What sweet memories. I love wisteria trees. Have a few young ones growing in our yard. I wish they bloomed all year. I cannot tell which lovely lady is you... I hope you will let us know.
Hugs!

Just Be Real said...

Cherished memories for you dear one. Special. Thank you always for your encouragement. Blessings.

Debbie said...

Oh, what a beauty you were and ...still are Sonja! And yes, I could pick you out even before I see you let us know; ha, ha. Such special memories and blogging does allow us to relive and share with others. It is such fun! And I love getting to know you even better.

Love you,
Debbie

Power Up Love said...

I like looking at old photos. Maybe it's because the way people would smile:) Thank you for share yesterday smiles...