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4/30/2014 9:58:00 AM
Column: Throwback Thursdays

Cynthia Rolando
NT Lifestyle Editor

I’m not sure what started this trend, but it has come to life on Facebook. People post photos of themselves or friends or family or celebrities or whoever they can think of from sometime in the past.

Don’t care about what someone looked like or was doing in 1972? Someone does or the picture would not be taken.

I’m planning on posting a throwback picture tomorrow of my family. Tried to post this on siblings day but my scanner wasn’t talking to the computer that day, so I didn’t get it done. But I got to see a lot of my friends’ siblings. It was fun. Tomorrow’s photo includes the whole family, a glimpse at the classic car all seven of us could get into and a church that has been renovated into a home.

Of course, when there was a sibling day, somebody felt bad (I know I did) and they came up with “only child day.” My daughter is an only child and I know many others. I’m not sure if she posted a picture that day or not.

She doesn’t want to be my “friend.” And that’s OK with me. You know — TMI.

But other days can be throwbacks, too.

This past Sunday, my aunt Shirley and Uncle Ken Hartweg came to town to visit. She is my dad’s youngest sister and they live in Normal. They are retired and sometime since they retired at 62 they bought another home in Carthage in Hancock County where both of my parents grew up and most of my relatives on both sides live.

Shirley brought with her some old photos — it was sentimental Sunday. Many people think I look like my aunt Shirley but she had photos of when she was a toddler. I think the resemblance is less at that age.

They brought a DVD reproduction of 8mm film taken when their children were toddlers. It was fun watching my cousins at that age.

Although, it is almost a month until Memorial Day, they planned to visit cemeteries locally. Off we went to my brother Dick in Peru and my dad in La Salle and my cousin Debbie Wildrick Nelson in Norway. Deb married a man with roots in Norway and so when she died of cancer about five years ago, he buried her in a beautiful little country cemetery, Fox River. Deb was younger than me.

Hats off to the cemetery caretakers. Set in the middle of farm fields, it has mature trees and manicured lawns. Overall, very well take care of.

Returning to La Salle, Shirley and Ken were off back to Normal and my mom decided to pull out some old photos of her own.

So I’m looking forward to throwback Thursday. Some of my “friends” post every Thursday, some more than once.

I enjoy Facebook. It allows me to keep up with the people I want to and let them keep up with me. I try to keep it light.

As one of my ‘friends’ posted: Pay attention to what you’re thinking about. You can’t think negative thoughts and live a positive life.

No matter how hard you try.

Cynthia Rolando can be reached at (815) 220-6934 or find her and the NewsTribune on Facebook.

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