The Boy In The Sombrero...Eight Year Old Mystery Solved!

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations
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So yesterday morning I'm looking through all my photos to find some good ones to share in the ActiveRain Photo Contest...

thank you Dick Greenberg...

and something pretty cool happened.

 

Background story:

In 2009 Rick and I attended Market Square Day in Portsmouth.  I took quite a few photos. One of my favorite photos taken that day was of a boy, wearing a sombrero.

 

I love how he was just quietly sitting there, enjoying a snack. He was so relaxed and had such a sweet expression on his face...deep in thought. 

 

Back to the photo contest:

This has always been one of my favorite photos, even though he was a stranger to me.

Entry in the category:  Real Life - People

 

 

Over the years I've often wondered who this boy was and if he was still living in the Portsmouth area.

Yesterday morning I decided to post the photo on a public City of Portsmouth facebook page and see if anyone could identify him.

It only took 2 hours for someone to recognize and tag him. 

Several people recognized him and it didn't take long before he commented and confirmed that is was him. 

 

His name is Aidyn. He is still living in the area,

and he is still just as handsome as ever!

He gave his permission for me to share his current profile picture.


Mystery solved!

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Rainmaker
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Mayra Espinosa Realtor San Mateo Pacifica Homes
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Sharon,

I like the picture of the boy with the Mexican hat. Thank you for sharing!

Oct 16, 2017 04:16 PM #40
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Jan Green
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What a neat post!  Love his first photo, introspective for sure.  His second as a grown up is intuitive!  Love it!

Oct 16, 2017 09:46 PM #41
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Brenda J. Andrew
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I love this and love the way you were able to find him and share a current photo.  There is a lot of competition in this contest but I think yours is very interesting and one to be contended with!  Thanks for sharing!

Oct 17, 2017 05:05 AM #42
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Mayra Espinosa Broker Realtor - Probate  It's always been one of my favorites. Glad you like it too!

Jan Green Introspective and intuitive. I would love to know what Aidyn thinks about that. Would be fun to know if he even remembers that moment 8 years ago and what he was thinking.

Brenda J. Andrew I hope the judges feel the way you do. LOL

Thank you!

Oct 17, 2017 07:41 AM #43
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Sharon - that was quite resourceful.  Glad he have his permission.

Oct 17, 2017 01:05 PM #44
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Sharon Tara
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Grant Schneider  Facebook can be a great source sometimes!

Oct 18, 2017 10:31 AM #45
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta
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Congrats to you for tracking him down and solving the Mystery of the Sombrero. Oh the wonders of social media!

Oct 18, 2017 01:30 PM #46
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Sharon Tara
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Cheryl Dukes . . . . . Intown Atlanta  Sometimes social media can actually be used in a positive way. LOL

Oct 18, 2017 04:14 PM #47
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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This story sure came full circle. It's amazing how Facebook enables us to make connections. He is a very handsome young man and I'm sure he felt honored as "the mysterious boy wearing a sombrero." 

Oct 19, 2017 07:26 AM #48
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Sharon Tara
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD  I know I would be pretty excited if it were me or one of my children I recognized in a photo like this. I hope he enjoyed the attention!

Oct 19, 2017 12:29 PM #49
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Sharon, he is STILL fascinating and complex, isn't he? And somehow a Sombrero was just an inkling of what this young man has going on. So cool that you decided to find him and that he DID reach out to you in return. Wonder what he's up to now??

Oct 22, 2017 08:40 PM #50
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Sharon Tara
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate  I think he was adorable then and is still adorable now. We are now facebook friends and I'm going to share a link to this post so he can see all the attention he is getting.

Oct 23, 2017 11:27 AM #51
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Love that shot!

You have an eye for the unique and beautiful!

Oct 30, 2017 07:21 PM #52
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Sharon Tara
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Patricia Feager  As do you my friend! Thank you!

Oct 30, 2017 07:31 PM #53
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Sharon, this was truly one of my favorite entries, all-around!

                   HUGE CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 06, 2017 04:17 PM #54
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Sharon, congratulations on your win in the photo contest!  This is a lovely photo, well deserved!

Nov 06, 2017 04:31 PM #55
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Hi Sharon

That is such a thought-provoking photo and a marvelous story. I'm so glad this beauty garnered you a well deserving win in Dick's contest.

Jeff

Nov 06, 2017 10:53 PM #56
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Sharon Tara
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate  Thank you! Such a great contest and so much fun to participate in!

Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES  Thank you!

Jeff Dowler Thank you! I was very surprised and very happy to see this one win!

Nov 07, 2017 10:25 AM #57
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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That's a funny story, Sharon. How cool that you were able to track the boy down and make contact with him 8 years later. I love his photo with his Sombrero, and congrats to you on the WIN!

Nov 08, 2017 07:30 AM #58
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Sharon Tara
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS  Thank you! I was so happy to find him as fast as I did. 

Nov 08, 2017 12:16 PM #59
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