At the risk of taking away the mystery and thus the magic of that photo, here's some info about it, prompted by questions from Mom:
That photo was taken in October of 1991, when I was 20. It was taken in Chicago. The pillow, alas, does not belong to me. Supposedly it was crocheted by someone's grandmother, and according to the story, said grandmother didn't realize what the pillow resembled until she had finished (I don't buy it, myself).
What I can't believe is that I haven't gotten any comments on my GLASSES!
Oh, and as far as what I told John? "Mama was acting very silly that day. I think I'm just going to put that photo over here now."