Way back when…

playing nurses

We have a giant metal box full of unsorted out photos, some from when I was little, some from when G was little, some of our kiddos growing up over the years. There are albums that are all in chronological order, but the kiddos much prefer to get the box out for a good rumage. You never seem to pull the same photos out twice! They especially love finding the ones of Mama and Papa growing up. They’re always slighlty amused to be reminded that we really were little once too!

When I was a little girl, my Papa used to love taking photos. He even had a darkroom to develop his own prints. This means, that from a time before digital, we have a crazy amount of photos of us all. When the girls dig in the box, and pull out one of ‘little mama’ they love to ask what, why, where. How old was I? What was I doing? It’s great to see the memories flood back from one little photo.

I love this one above, I guess I was about 2/3?? I remember loving to play nurses SO much with my dolls! I can remember that costume so clearly, and how much I loved it! Occasionally, my Grandma would babysit me for the day if both my Mama and Papa were working. I loved to lie on her couch and play nurses with her. She’d take my temperature, and ask me what was wrong. My favourite bit though, was when she took my pulse, because she could never find it! I used to love it when she’d tell me I didn’t have a pulse…. I never questioned that, obviously, I did have one, and she was just pretending. It actually wasn’t until years and years later, when I was telling someone this story, that I realised that. I was a little sad that I’d had a pulse all along ha!!

Do you have any favourite photos from when you were little?



  1. May 20, 2014 / 09:05

    Such a cute pic! When I was 3 my parents took me to Osborne House, one of Queen Victorias houses, and I decided I was Queen Victoria and spent whole weeks in a ball gown and a crown only answering to Victoria. There are a few photos of that kicking around at my Mums- oddly as an adult I can think of little I would rather less do for a job than be in the Royal Family!

    • May 20, 2014 / 09:18

      hehe!! love that – but agree, as an adult I can’t think of anything I’d less like to do than be in the royal family!`

  2. May 20, 2014 / 11:26

    Oh my goodness! I love that costume. I actually don’t have pictures of when I was little. I need to scan some when I go home to Trinidad later this year. I was thinking it’s a shame I don’t have any with my parents from that time or my grandparents. This is a reminder to pop it on a to-do list.

  3. May 20, 2014 / 13:24

    I am lucky, my parents, even though they are divorced, took some lovely pictures of us growing up, and both me and my sister have some displayed in our own houses. For our daughter’s christening, we asked for pictures of everybody who was coming when they were a baby, and then put them in a big frame to display on the day, and put in her playroom. I also used scraps of my wedding bunting fabric to back the pictures, which made it feel really ‘our family’. Love a good little girl’s nurses outfit – such a big part of play!

  4. May 20, 2014 / 13:54

    What a great photo and hoe wonderful to have a box full of so many memories.

  5. May 20, 2014 / 14:14

    Adorable! I loved to play ‘Barber Shop’ with my Grampa when I was around 3 or 4. At the end of the night before bed, he’d sit in his easy chair and I’d take a comb and a spray bottle (and a stool to stand on haha) and style his perfectly white hair for him. I remember focusing so hard and taking my time to get it just the way he liked it. When I was finished he would always tell me what a great job I’d done, how his hair had never looked better and that feeling of pride was amazing! Such great memories!

  6. May 20, 2014 / 14:18

    I loved playing market stalls when I was little…or chasing our animals in the garden. Luckily there are quite a few photos of me from back then so I can relive the memories over and over.

  7. May 20, 2014 / 15:06

    What a gorgeous photo! I have some great ones from when I was little, but nothing like the amount my children are going to have of themselves!

  8. May 20, 2014 / 16:14

    Ah you were so cute! We have quite a lot of photos, my dad also loved taking them, I love looking through them. I dread to think how many photos my kids will have to look back through! x

  9. lisa prince
    May 20, 2014 / 16:14

    what a gorgeous pic and great memory to boot. I love seeing out old pics x

  10. May 20, 2014 / 16:28

    I had a huge doll who I loved for years too. I love looking back at my own childhood photos.

  11. May 20, 2014 / 17:02

    What a great photo. I was recently given some old photos by my mum, it was so lovely looking through them x

  12. May 20, 2014 / 19:35

    I have loads of favourite pics from when I was little. My mum made me a whole photo album of me when I was little up to the age of 6. I think it’s so lovely for kids see pictures of themselves when they were younger and my boys find it so much fun! It allows you to hold onto memories that you otherwise might forget. It’s on my list of things to do…get books printed of all those digital files I have sitting on computers!

  13. May 20, 2014 / 21:17

    How gorgeous! We do have photos from when we were little and I love to look back at them. happy memories x

  14. May 20, 2014 / 21:48

    Aww what a cute picture. I remember playing nurses as that’s what my step sister wanted to do when she was older.

  15. May 20, 2014 / 21:54

    Great pic. We were always playing doctors and nurses too. My mum’s got all those old pictures. Must ask her for copies.

  16. May 21, 2014 / 01:21

    This photo is too cute and it’s really great to hear you had a darkroom – how amazing! I too have a box filled with unsorted photos – really need to get to them at some point

    Laura x

  17. May 21, 2014 / 09:10

    love this! i’d love to see more photos. love seeing old family photos :)

  18. May 21, 2014 / 12:41

    I love pictures of me at this age! I always have a huge cheesy grin and terribly clashing clothes :-)

  19. May 21, 2014 / 20:32

    Omg my mum and dad have a picture of me in a nurses outfit just like that one :-) I love looking back at old pictures x

  20. May 21, 2014 / 22:24

    Awww that is such a cute picture! I used to pretend I was a vet to all my stuffed animals, never a nurse though! And there are way too many pictures of me as a kid :p

  21. May 21, 2014 / 23:29

    Great photo! I have loads of pics too in boxes. Too many to pic a favourite but it’s great to rifle through them with my kids when im at my dads… i love looking at the backgrounds and clothes etc…. how old fashioned everything is. I get very nostalgic x

  22. May 22, 2014 / 08:58

    I love looking back on old photos! I’m so thankful my parents took so many and it reminds me why I take so much of Wilf too :) x

  23. May 22, 2014 / 11:46

    I adore finding old pictures. I love this photo. So many memories – I especially like the costume.

  24. May 22, 2014 / 13:48

    I love retro photos – there’s something about the colour that captures the time so perfectly and just can’t be replicated. Love the one of you as a nurse!!

  25. May 25, 2014 / 11:26

    I recently looked through my mums photos and it seemed like there were a lot less than there used to be when I was little. I wonder if there really are or if it just seemed different from my perspective as a child? I enjoyed seeing all the photos of my brothers and sister as were growing up and I plan to scan them in to my computer so I can make sure we all have copies of them :)

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