Pa Merrick


Before this weekend I hadn't really seen childhood photos of my dad. He just never let on that he had any. On saturday he cracked open a hitherto unknown photo album and out they came, in all of their boyish Staten Island in the 50s glory.



My dad has always been a brilliant mountain-man type, so to see it manifest in a "suspenders, toy shotgun, cabin, jug o' moonshine, crooked smile" little boy version of himself is really really amazing.

Makes me want to pinch his 7 year old cheek, which i'm sure he would have hated. Which naturally makes me want to do it all the more.

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  2. Now these are very adorable and allows you to see another side of him. How great.

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  3. You really should write a book about your family Amy. I would buy it!:) Such a rich history and so well documented.

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  4. wow they are awesome!! i love old pics all the way!! they make me feel sooo -you know- different..

    love

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  5. These are great! How fun to discover new photos..Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I love old photos, whether I know the people in them or not. I've always had a thing for looking through photos in antique shops, looking for my double.

    Great shots of your dad! Pictures are the greatest treasure of all time.

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  7. I'm stuck on Staten Island. Being a westerner I just don't connect that the east coast has wild life... Love the photo with the brace of pheasants. Crap - I think I'm your dad's age! I'd know it for sure if he wore a Davy Crockett coonskin cap.

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  8. Hi Emerson

    I also love old photos, I've a box of B&W I will show sometime.

    And as Marcheline said, Great shots, pictures are the greatest treasure of all time.

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  9. How did he get away with hiding pictures from you all these years?!

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  10. What great photos! He seems like a good boy scout-type lad. ;)

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  11. What awesome photographs! Very special to have things like this.

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  12. Those are super cool. I love the one of him jumping on the sand dune. And I love that they're black and white!

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  13. Well, I hope you pinched his cheek a bunch after you saw these, to make up for lost opportunities!

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  14. not gonna lie, the flickr photo of your momma and a flannel, suspender wearin' pa of yours holding either you or misch... looked awfully similar to another duo in mind.

    see if you can guess who i felt i was looking at... if you fast-forwarded a few years ; )

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  15. mmm... I'll admit I'm often slain by suspenders, but these are a particularly winsome pair. The freaking adorable ears don't hurt either.

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  16. Each of those wonderful pictures are priceless treasures!

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  18. What a fantastic peek into your father's past! Isn't it breathtaking when we discover that the person we love today is very much who they were as a child?

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  19. Wow! You even have a photo of your papa when he was young!

    I love my papa very much too. He was a man in a million!

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  20. yup...putting two and two together, I am sure that those ears in the first photo, combined with a nice stiff offshore breeze in the second, are the only possible way he could've flown so high off that sand dune! Take it from me, Amy, your dad appreciates you and your awesome creativity very much... oh yeah.. I did used to wear a coonskin cap...

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  22. Haha! He looks like he's being interrupted in the middle of some really epic make-believe games in these!

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  24. That suspender wearing kid grew up to be someone who finds feathers, sees deer hiding in thickets and is best represented by a campfire. The sincere simple treasures of life. While those photos were staged, the who he WAS is still WHO HE IS.

    May we all retain that sense of authenticity that we lived as a child.
    Makes us wonder who we were.
    How are we the same and how have we evolved....

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  25. That cute little kid grew up to be the same person who, just yesterday, spotted a Bald Eagle and a pair of Bluebirds... in our very first snow. It takes an amasing man to find the most marvelous things in life!

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