Any keen observer will tell you life’s most interesting moments don’t necessarily involve the loudest people at the table, the centers of attention, or the stars of the shot.  The real action worth watching is happening on the periphery, off-stage, out of focus.  Sometimes you don’t even realize what you’re seeing until you look just a little closer.  

This is why this photo is one of my favorites.  It’s not because of what’s in focus – but what isn’t. 

Can you spot it?
The Schellhardt and Wissmanns gather to celebrate Helen Schellhardt's 8th grade graduation at Schellhardt's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA

Nifty Fifty and Dirty Thirty

Since it’s a birthday day, you get a two-fer!  Two posts for the price of one!  Today marks the birthdays of a Schellhardt grandchild and Schellhardt great-grandchild born 20 years apart!

Little Terry Knuttel – the 26th grandchild – turns 50 today!  Just yesterday she was 49!  Full disclosure – Terry happens to be one of my favorite cousins.  And not just because she showed me the Pacific Ocean for the first time!  Compared to most of my cousins, I met Terry fairly late in life on account of her living all the way across the country but I think she’s pretty awesome nonetheless.  Fun factoid – Terry, like me, is the only daughter and youngest child of a Schellhardt daughter and we are the only granddaughters without a sister.  But she had to contend with three older brothers so I think I probably got off easier!

Today’s second birthday belongs to Frank, Uncle Bob’s oldest grandchild and Helen Jean’s son.  He turns 30 today!  His birthday makes me feel really old! 

Schellhardt Generations hopes Terry and Frank party like it’s their birthdays!  We’re so glad that you’re a part of our family!   



Terry Fine
02/16/2013 12:10am

Thanks for the birthday "shout-out."

In the photo at the bar, I like the 4-legged, furry bartender!

02/16/2013 4:35pm

Terry - you spotted Waldo or in this case Otto the dog! I think it is so funny because the dog is in the bar! I really hope they weren't open for business that day or maybe rules were more relaxed in those days!

03/01/2013 7:23pm

Hey thank you for the birthday shout out. Sorry it took me so long to reply, I really have to start checking out my email more often! I really like the site

04/18/2016 3:08pm

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Many happy returns on your birthday perhaps this is the best day to celebrate your day. There are many obvious things that you can do at this day because you are free to live this day.

09/07/2016 11:55am

This photo looks very old. How old is it? Tell us more about it, please.


This photograph looks exceptionally old. How old is it? Educate us all the more regarding it, please.


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