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Photos of My Parents Becoming Parents

My aunt and uncle were in town from Cape Cod over the weekend (hence the lack of posting — I went straight from the SF trip into out-of-town guests) and my aunt brought me a bunch of old photos. There was a whole little album with pictures of my mother pregnant and bringing me home. I can’t tell you how much I wish she were around for this similar time in my own life.

Here she is 7 months pregnant with me.

In the nursery.


My parents coming home with me.




  1. I just love how your father is gazing so adoringly at you and your mother in those two shots instead of at the camera. :-) And your mother — so serene and beautiful (and with such a great haircut!) But, it must be asked…is that some sort of re-purposed grass skirt thing over the bar set in that first image?? Curious mind, here…

    Comment by Carroll on March 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  2. Haha…I have NO idea what that was. Let your imagination run wild. It was 1978.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 26, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  3. Oh, Claire, these are such touching pictures. I read your book about a month ago, devoured it. I’m writing about my parent’s deaths as well, but they died in their nineties…both simultaneously diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. They declined hand in hand for a decade. I’m blogging about my memoir, Alzheimer’s Daughter.

    I came to know about your book through a friend of mine who is a friend of many in the Boose family in Norwalk Ohio.

    Your tweets are so worth reading. I have to admit I follow quite a few authors and publishers, skimming over their tweets, but I never skip yours. Your perspective on life is poignant.

    Thank you for sharing yourself so openly, connecting with your readers through the electronic page.

    Comment by Jean Lee on March 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

  4. Oh thank you for all the kind words, Jean! So glad you enjoyed the book and my tweets. Love that you’re connected to the Booses, and your parents’ story sounds amazing.

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

  5. Beautiful photos of your parents. Your mother was gorgeous! Read your book soon after it was released and could relate to a lot of it due to my own experiences. Thanks so much for putting your thoughts out there so the rest of us can heal! Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you.

    Comment by Karen on March 26, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  6. Thanks, Karen! Glad you enjoyed the book. And yes, my mother was really gorgeous, wasn’t she? Wish I looked that good a few weeks after giving birth!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  7. I can see the resemblance between you (today) and your mom in that last photo — wow!

    Comment by Kristine Hansen on March 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  8. Thanks, Kristine! That’s nice to hear!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 27, 2012 at 7:49 am

  9. Beautiful and precious pictures of you with your parents!

    Comment by Vanessa on March 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  10. Thanks, Vanessa!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on March 27, 2012 at 8:11 pm

  11. These are beautiful Claire. I love them.

    Comment by Joi on April 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  12. Claire, these photos are lovely. Your book felt even more real to me after seeing these. Very touching. Thanks for sharing…..

    Comment by Jill on April 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

  13. Thanks, Jill! Glad you enjoyed them!

    Comment by Claire Bidwell Smith on April 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

  14. Claire, These pictures are beautiful and priceless! Thank you for sharing them.

    Comment by Shanda on July 14, 2012 at 4:54 am

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