Little Harcomb at Play
What is little Harcomb sitting on? I have no idea, but I think this photo is typical of seven year old boys playing outside. Don't miss the shadow in the front. This is probably the photographer and I am thinking that it could be of one of his older sisters or my grandmother. I wish I knew.
Children didn't have a lot of time to play with the work they were expected to perform around the house and yard. My dad told me that he had to watch out for his little brother, who was two years younger. Uncle Bill wasn't expected to live and many times my father had to carry "Brother Bill" home on his back. I know they walked to school. This made my father very fond of his brother, who was epileptic. Uncle Bill lived a good long life and was happily married. His wife, a distant cousin of mine on my maternal side, is still living. My dad was with his brother when he died and he told me about it. I was with my dad when he died and the experience was the same as he described.
I have my father's hair which is stick straight, blond and full of cow-licks. I see that to others, my childhood photos look a lot like this one. Little Harcomb, like the man Tom became, was a gregarious and naturally content person. I love photos of my grandsons in their play clothes and am reminded of this everyday, summer photo every time I take photos of them.
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