this is my grandmother ethel and her older brother arthur, in what is possibly my favorite photograph of all time. her expression could only be more perfect if she were raising one eyebrow.
because i like to concoct stories, i like to think that this picture was taken in baltimore, when ethel and her parents were visiting arthur at college. art was 13 years older than my grandmother and she idolized him. that’s why she’s making this pleased as punch, silly little bunny face, while he is humoring his baby sister even though he feels like he’s too old for this kind of thing.
ethel kalisch hoffer (1918-1991) and arthur kalisch (1906-1949)