Sunday, March 30, 2008

More a "Guideline" than a "Rule"

A few entries ago, I posted a photo of my identical twin girls when they were wee babies just a few days old. In the comments, Jan asked, "Shouldn't we get an 'after' photo of the girls, since the 'before' is so lovely?" That's a more interesting request than you might expect.

When I first started blogging, one of the "rules" I set myself was to keep my family out of it as much as practical. Especially after exposing my mom, dad and sisters in Mom's Cancer, it seemed the least I could do was respect everybody's privacy. And in general, I think the less personal information you broadcast about yourself, the better. As a result, I've only posted one or two photos of my wife and none at all of my kids (as non-infants).

However, as I later discussed privately with some friends and fellow bloggers with similar concerns, the unintended consequence is that you end up writing about everything in your life except the most important people in it. That doesn't seem right, either. Besides, we're all friends here, right?

So from time to time, when I have good reason and I get their permission, I'll try to loosen up and sneak in my family. In that spirit, for Jan and anyone else who cares, here's a photo of my girls now, all growed up and headed back to college today after spring break. As good and important as it gets.

Laura and Robin

Edited to Add: And here they were a couple of years ago, when I drew them for my book. That's me at left (yes, I own that Hawaiian shirt) and my wife Karen at lower right.



Sherwood Harrington said...

There are many things to like about both pictures, but I especially like the smiles. Thanks, Brian, and even more thanks to the ladies who gave you permission to post this!

ronnie said...

Thanks for this, Brian - it's always neat to see the cartoon version vs. real-life.

Their resemblance to you is remarkable!!

That reminds me of the time my mom was eating lunch in a diner in a town a couple of hours away from our town. She had my little brother, about 3 years old at the time, with her. A complete stranger walked up to her and said, "I don't know who you are, lady, but that's (my father's name)'s kid."

Good thing she was married to him!!!!!


jan said...

They grew up to be just as cute as when they were babies! :-) :-)

Thanks so much for posting this - tell 'em they're gorgeous!

Jan said...


I just love the cartoon of you and the girls - I know this is cheeky -if you ever have a bored moment - would you consider dong a cartoon pic of me? Please? A photo can be found in the "who am I" section of my blog!

Well. if one never asks, one never gets .....

Brian Fies said...

Jan, thanks again. I just don't have the time to do that kind of thing right now, and honestly I don't think I'm very good at it. Portraiture and caracature are both tough, even (or especially) in cartooning. In fact, I had an art teacher once who said he could teach anybody anything about art except how to capture a likeness; he thought that was the only artistic ability one was either born with or not. I was not, and it's an agony for me. But I'm flattered you asked.