There’s a trend among social media users to post past photos on Thursdays and tag it as Throwback Thursday, TBT or #TBT. I enjoy seeing some of my friends’ past pictures of them sporting big hair, bright makeup and leg warmers, and I am slightly amused by my own teens’ sense of nostalgia when they post photos from last school year and tag it as a throwback. When I think of TBT I am reminded of pictures of my kids when they were young and cute, or photos of me when I was younger and looked it. Something like this:
This photo is in my office. Juan framed it for me and gave it to me as an anniversary gift. The picture was taken in June, 2001. Olivia was 5, Erica was just 3, Nico was still 2 1/2. Diego was just a glimmer in our eye. Actually, no. He wasn’t even a thought. It was actually the first time Juan and I went out as a couple with our kids. We had already known each other for several months and as single parents with kids of similar ages, we spent time together with our kids, taking them on outings. But this date was different.
One week earlier, our friendship turned romantic. All of a sudden I saw Juan in a different light and I realized I wanted us to be more than friends. He was more than willing. We spent nearly every day we could together until the weekend this photo was taken when our kids came back to us from their other parents. That weekend in June we were invited to the birthday party of a co-worker’s daughter. The party was in the San Fernando Valley, on a sweltering day. But, it was a perfect excuse to spend another day together with our kids, and a perfect opportunity to come out to our colleagues about our budding romance. Our friends were happy for us. I think our children were oblivious. They were getting their fill of birthday cake and ice cream. When the party ended, we did not want our day together to end.
Juan and I decided we wanted to do something else with the kids. We wanted to escape the oppressive heat of the San Fernando Valley and decided to head south. We drove to Anaheim to see if we could buy cheap tickets to a Los Angeles Angeles game. After over an hour drive we were turned away because the game was sold out. Our kids were deteriorating. They were tired, hungry, sweaty and cranky. So was I.
But, Juan sprang into action and suggested we head to Downtown Disney. The idea of anything Disney brought the kids to life. By the time we got to Downtown Disney it was dark and the temperature dropped. Of course, no one had jackets, but we managed to scrounge through our cars and find some mismatched clothing. In this picture I am wearing Juan’s rain jacket Nico is wearing a too-small sweatshirt, and Olivia is wearing a pink velour long-sleeved shirt over yellow shorts. Erica and Juan are cold. But we look happy. Because we were.
I remember laughing and having a good time watching the kids play in front of this fountain. Juan began taking pictures of the kids. At that moment I remember feeling the possibility of something magical happening between us, and something special happening between the kids. We must have projected those feelings because all of a sudden a stranger approached Juan and asked if we wanted him to take a picture of our family. Juan looked at me as if to say, “What do you think?” I smiled at Juan, and without letting the stranger know that we weren’t really a family, (yet) we both said “yes!”
That’s what I call Throwback Thursday.
Do you like to post photos for Throwback Thursday?