Because I'm a lemming, but a slow lemming, I'm only jumping on this Retro Friday Bandwagon now that it's been going for a while.... mostly it's because I don't have a lot of the pictures of my childhood, those are still in albums and on the walls of my parent's house, and the ones I do have aren't dated, which make writing witty banter very difficult.
the story goes that this is the picture of me on my first ski day ever, at 18 months. My family was big time into skiing, with my uncle owning a ski-school (still does to this day) and my parents both being instructors. So I had to get on skis pronto so my mother could get back to work. I've heard stories of boots and skis being imported from Europe on one of my uncle's trips, because north Americans weren't putting 18 month bolds on skis in 1971! But my uncle pioneered and went on to build a successful ski-school specializing in teaching kids 2-4.
Check out the fashionable yellow belted vinyl ski jacket, accessories with hand-knit synthetic cone-head and strangle-danger scarf. Years later, ski centers banned scarves because kids were getting tangled in the lifts, but I somehow survived!
Here I am, probably at 12 or 13, as an assistant ski instructor. I started officially teaching at 14, in a pink bunny outfit. but that picture will have to wait!