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Colombia

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Valle de Cauca
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Cali

Childhood

From left to right: Me, my twin brother, our sister and our younger brother.
The four of us were born within 2.5 years and our mother was about 25 when this photo was taken.
We lived in a small apartment without hot water, bath or central heating. Life was tough.

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Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

It’s a really cute photo, Christer! Life is easier now for mothers, we have almost everything, they don’t have to struggle with washing and heating water for a bath and so on. We have more opportunities now but I think that doesn’t make us happier.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

What a lovely photo Christer. I can only imagine how tough life was back then especially for your mother at such a young age without all the labour saving devices we have today. I remember comparing the disposable nappies my daughter used for my grandson to the terry towelling variety that I’d soak for hours in a bucket and then wash and rinse by hand whilst praying for good drying weather. Your mother certainly had a lot more to contend with. Thanks for sharing.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

I don’t remember disposable nappies being around in the early 70’s Christer, maybe I missed out! They would certainly have made a lot of difference to my day. When my second daughter came along at least I had a spin dryer!

Juma
Juma(@juma)
1 year ago

This is a wonderful picture of four beautiful children. You and your brother do have some different personality traits that already show in your faces. All of you have the most expressive eyes! Your mother was worked off her feet, for sure, but also blessed with lovely children. Thanks so much for sharing this family treasure with all of us.

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Juma
Juma(@juma)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful autobiographical comment, Christer. It is like sitting down with you for a cup of tea – or many cups! I’m not psychic, but there is definitely a difference in your mouth and your brother’s mouth. His is more determined, I would have said stubborn. He also holds himself a bit differently. Your eyes and general demeanor seems less determined, and more dreamy. It’s easy to see which one would be the writer and the spiritual seeker.

On a different note, I had no idea your Wings story was biographical. It was an incredible story when I thought it was fiction, but now it takes on an ever deeper meaning. How wonderful that you two found each other and had several years together. I’m sure she was an important part of shaping the man you are today. I’m so sorry about her death. I’m glad you have found a life now that allows you to write, to contemplate and to be the person of depth and sensitivity you’ve always been. You’ve become such an important part of this community of writers.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Your photo reminds me so much of a similar one of my cousins although there were five of them, four girls and a boy. Similar hairstyles and clothes and seated much the same. We live on different continents but some things are not much different.

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

We had photos, too, but being the eldest and with only one sibling I didn’t have a group photo like yours and my cousins. There is a photo from a little later on with my brother and I, he looks cute but I am at an awkward age, chubby, super-short unflattering hairstyle only serving to make me look even chubbier and an ugly dress. How I despised that photo! My parents had it displayed prominently as did my grandmother and I often begged them to take them down! My Mum is in care now but that photo still sits on top of the bookcase in the unit she shared with Dad. I have never learned to like it or having my photo taken 🙁

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Very nice and lovely pictures, Christer. Among the four children, you are the most handsome for me. And you are so lucky Christer that you saved a picture of your childhood. Me, I don’t even have a picture of my childhood. All my pictures then were ruined.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Christer. Yes, you’re right. There are changes in the photo after changing into 500×500 pixels. But it is still lovely for it holds back the best memory we had in our childhood – that makes the picture more wonderful and lovely to treasure. 

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

This is a beautiful picture of you and your siblings. I can only imagine how tough life was. We are so privileged now. I do hope you still had some happy times during your childhood.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

What a lovely photo Christer. Like Juma, I too can see the differences between you and your twin. Do you still have contact with your siblings? I’m an only child, so you get photos of me posing with guinea pigs rather than with other children. I probably got on better with the guinea pigs anyway, no wonder I turned out like I did ?. Thanks for sharing, and the insight into the inner Christer ?

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

I have a picture of me trying to shove a carrot into the guinea pig’s mouth. We appear to get along quite well. Actually, I believe the guinea pig came before me, and was probably liked better too!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

It just goes to show you Christer, what happy times and sad ones too, a family photo can open up. I have some photos of the family that stretch back in time, and it made me think, why would they want to be photographed in such a serious manner, never smiling and looking so untouchable? It come as no surprise to me that you and your brother/s and sister, were all so different.
I have never come across brothers or sister who were Identical in their make up, in fact a couple of years back my brother had a get together in his parish hall, to celebrate an occasion, and I was talking to one of his friends – who asked really quite seriously, why are you so different to your brother? I had never thought of myself as being the same, it still puzzles me to this day, why he should think it so strange?
You all looks so peaceful in the photo, but I bet it took your Mother hours to get you all washed, hair combed, and ready, even to get you all to sit still long enough to have the photo taken ?.

Last edited 1 year ago by Eric Radcliffe
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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Christer it is such a nice thing for you to share your family photo. It’s also nice to see your twin brother. I could remember you made mention of him when commenting on my micro story, “Identical”. I also have an old picture of my elder brother and I. I think I might likewise share it though we aren’t that close. He’s a very indifferent person. I agree to what Juma said. You’re indeed a person of depth and sensitivity. I’m glad to share this platform with you. Thank you for sharing such upclose and personal stories.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

That’s very true Christer.

Chris
Chris(@chris)
Reply to  Thompson Emate
1 year ago

Yes Thompson – I agree with you and Christer – the Voice Club is a special place for special people!

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