Erik, toddler
P7012.jpg Before we got to meet Norma or any of her family, we had a big family event in Belmont:
May 7, 1969: Erik is one year old, and he goes right after the flame on his single candle.
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He looks older than his 13 months, in this silhouette, wouldn’t you say? I’d have assigned it a later date, had the artist been less specific. Rick has the original of the one we had done of him at the same sitting, and I don’t seem to own a scan of it. Always amazed at the artistry: there’s no question who they are or which is which. How do you wield a pair of scissors to such effect?
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We found his multi-bonneted creativity impressive and amusing. Foreshadowing, perhaps, graphical and imaginative talents that would appear a couple of years later. We didn’t know enough to perceive in some of his early divergent behaviors the seeds—or at least omens—of sorrows to come.
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