A cool Web project that brings out the child in you

If, as Rod Stewart says, every picture tells a story, then two pictures of the same person — taken decades

If, as Rod Stewart says, every picture tells a story, then two pictures of the same person — taken decades apart, in the same spot, in nearly identical attire and pose — may very well tell a story approaching Proustian dimensions. Or . . . maybe they’re just fun to look at.

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Young Me — Now Me is a diverting bit of Web whimsy that allows anyone (you) to upload a childhood photograph alongside a staged adult re-creation of that same kid pic. Flip through the gallery and you’ll find plenty of sweet and hilarious touches — dazed expressions, drool, three pairs of matching plaid slacks — as participants try gamely to get in touch with their outer child. Along with, we can’t deny, regular whiffs of melancholy about the effects of time.

So now, just in time for Mother’s Day, you can go dig out that old baby photo, strap on an adult diaper and say: “Cheese!” (Or . . . maybe just buy flowers.)

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A cool Web project that brings out the child in you