Readers will recall Thursday’s column when I asked for help in identifying the little girl who posed with me in a photo that ran in the Tribune on Sept. 19.
Several alert readers called to solve the mystery. Her name is Sidney Taylor and she is the daughter of Jared and Diane Taylor of Gilbert.
Her dad called and said it would be fine for me to share Sidney’s identity with Tribune readers.
“She’s wonderful,’’ he said, and I have to agree.
The Taylor family, which also includes 18-month old Reagan, feels blessed to have Sidney, who was born eight weeks prematurely and weighed just 3.6 pounds at birth. She spent 32 days in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“At one point, we almost lost her when she wouldn’t breathe on her own,’’ Jared said.
Today, Sidney, 4, is every bit the healthy and happy child who captivated readers in the photo taken at the Constitution Week celebration a couple of weeks ago. The Taylors are part of the group that organized the event. It turns out that Sidney has quite an interest in history, too.
“Sidney likes to eat on a place mat that contains the official portrait of every president,’’ Jared said. “Diane and I tell her stories about the past presidents to help her remember the names and faces.’’
Jared said Sidney’s favorite president is the first president, George Washington (I always thought the first president was Jefferson Davis, but I won’t argue the point here).
Sidney’s favorite presidential story is the one her parents told her about John Quincy Adams.
“It is said that John Quincy went skinny-dipping in the Potomac River every day during his presidency,’’ Jared said. “Well, one day a female reporter snuck down to the river and stole his clothing while he was swimming. Apparently, she was upset that John Quincy wouldn’t give her a story. Sidney giggles every time I tell her that story and then begs, ‘Tell me another story about John Quincy Adams.’ ‘’
Well, I don’t have any naked president stories to pass along to Sidney.
As for my favorites, I also leaned toward the more obscure ones.
For example, one of my favorite presidents is Andrew Johnson. While several U.S. presidents never attended college (including his predecessor, Abraham Lincoln) Johnson is the only president who never even went to high school. Of course, Johnson was from Tennessee.
A lot of people from Tennessee never went to high school. Hearing about Sidney’s interest in presidents made me wonder if kids still grow up wanting to be president. There were always several kids in my school that aspired to that job, although I was not among them.
Me? I wanted to grow up to be a reporter and steal presidents’ clothes.