Super Sister Sunday - Indonesia

Sunday, November 21, 2010

This picture is one of my favorites that consists of myself (on the left) and my eldest sister Nancy although we did not realize at the time it was taken it would someday be a favorite.

Here is the story. We lived in Bandung, Indonesia at the time. We were 8 and 9 years of age. Our mom would send us away in a "betcha" or rickshaw to take piano lessons from a nice Indonesian woman. Nancy remembers that day was really rainy and dreadful, but we went on the ride and took the lessons anyway.

The piano teacher had a son called "Sinchepu", a teenager, who was enthralled with us. While we waited for the other one to complete lessons he would show us weird things. Like, the

Indonesians would take a rubber band and rub it back and forth on their arms to remove the hair. It really hurt! Bad!

Sinchepu had a camera so on this day he decided he wanted to pose Nancy and I so he could take our picture. We were not in the mood, and ordinarily would not have posed like that but we let him anyway, therefore the non-smiling picture. He was very proud to give us the picture the next time we went for our lessons. Somehow it made it back to the U.S. with us and it has become a favorite of mine.


Mary said...

It's a beautiful photo! I'm glad you remember the story behind it. I can see why it's a favorite.

Nancy said...

You know sometimes there are photographs that are hauntingly beautiful. They have a certain something that makes them more than just a snapshot. This is one of those photos! It's absolutely gorgeous - the photo and you and your sister. It's wonderful to have the memory surrounding its being taken. Thanks for sharing it with us!