I have to say that The Prof. would be my ideal avatar of choice, but it just wouldn't feel right to use it. People's childhoods are stolen far too often these days anyway, and I wouldn't want to add to the misery.
The photo of me aged about 5 shows exactly how I spent my childhood - either dreaming about being somewhere else, or being so totally in the moment that I would often just stand there and watch the school bus drive out of sight without me on it.
I'm still quite a lot like that. I don't think that people really change that much. The only difference is that I have finally understood that I don't have to do anything that I don't want to do, unless not doing it causes others harm. I got bored on the job last Friday after only one hour's work, so I just drove away and went to the countryside. This is another reason why I am not rich.
H.I. hasn't changed much either, as far as I can tell. She's still a passionate artist and she still remembers that dress very clearly. She chose her own clothes from a very early age, and if her parents couldn't afford them, then her mother made them - to her specifications. I have just bought her another Black Label, Armani silver jacket from eBay. £23 when it was about £1500 new.
John says The Prof doesn't smile much and the picture would support that. I always sense an air of mild disapproval coming from over John's shoulder - about everything, including the rest of us in the Blogosphere. Not in a nasty way, more of a tired, almost resigned sort of way. I am sure he loves the animals really.
I just love that photo.