V290: Hello, Baby

Probably 1850-1855
Attributed to: William W. Kennedy (1818-1885) Acc. No. 1931.100.7

Well, today my niece London was born.  Happy literal day of birth to her. 🙂

I have maniacal plans to be London’s “Auntie Maime”, the eccentric and fun relative with a house full of curiosities, and an endless trunk of dress up clothes.  I’m not sure how “weird” she’ll think me, though – her dad (my brother) is a *far* stranger creature.

We’re off to the hospital to see London today, so I leave you with this weird American folk portrait, from the Dewitt Museum in Colonial Williamsburg


  • Steph

    October 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    I love Auntie Mame! She's totally my hero and my role model. When my brother finally settles down and breeds, I fully intend to be his kids' crazy, eccentric aunt.
    Remember: "Life is a banquet–and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

  • Anonymous

    October 18, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    I also have an exuberant aunt who calls herself my Auntie Mame. There's a phase of life where it's annoying to have one, but in the end, you appreciate how wonderful those crazy characters in your life are. 🙂 What fun!


    • Lauren Stowell

      October 18, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      I'm hoping London doesn't find me annoying. Hehe, maybe she will, I don't know…she'll know when she grows up – the weirdest people are the most interesting 🙂

  • Sandi

    October 18, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    Of my friends, I'm going to be the "breeder" and they're all going to be the crazy aunts and uncles. I am surrounded by friends who are artists, which means I am always surprised when people think I'm strange for being an archaeologist – I'm the most normal one of the bunch!

  • Kleidung um 1800

    October 18, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    Dear Lauren,

    congrats on being an aunt – it's wonderful and such a blessing!!! I truly love my niece and the funny thing is that (being a university student by now) she has become almost even more weird and crazy as her aunt – lol.
    Very recently she's sent me these lines: "Only an Aunt… can give hugs like a mother, can keep secrets like a sister, and share love like a friend."


  • Starrfade

    October 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Congratulations! Auntie Mame is the best possible rollmodel for auntly behaviour. I'm now going to empart some useless historical trivia that you most likely already know, but the painting you posted is of a little boy. You can tell by the fact that he's wearing pink, and that his hair is parted in the middle.

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