The Wider Angle / Our Life in Pictures

We’ve all heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  So completely true.  Seriously.  I have come to realize that there are many memories that are etched in my brain simply because I have pictures to remind me of them.  Even on my BIO page there is an example of an old picture that is filled with so many memories.  I have my mother to thank.  She took the pictures (rarely was she in them), and she printed them and neatly tucked them into albums.  We didn’t have money for a lot of things – but pictures were worth every penny spent, even back then.  This post from Elizabeth Seymour brought all those memories rushing back to me — along with the guilt I have for not printing MORE pictures for my kids to enjoy.  ** Putting that on my to-do list right now! **

Our Life in Pictures

You probably think Crystal put me up to this post, but I swear she didn’t. It started when Danny was grumbling about something yet again. This time it had to do with our upcoming vacation in Florida, and specifically the fact that it was not going to include a trip to Disney World. I suppose that over the course of several weeks’ worth of conversation and countdown regarding this trip to “Florida,” it was easy for him to assume that this meant Disney. But instead I was just frustrated that he wasn’t appreciating the upcoming week of the five of us being together, without Daddy heading to work or anyone tied to a schedule. When I attempted to remind him of the fun things we do when we go to Grandma and Grandpa’s condo in Sarasota, he had a pretty blank look on his face. It was then that I remembered that we haven’t been there since he was three, so why would he remember? Lucky for him, I have it all documented in our photo albums.

Now, I joke about Clare’s OCD tendencies (she will pause reading a book mid-sentence in order to throw away a piece of trash), but I know exactly where she got them: from me. If there is one item on the kitchen counter ready for the recyling bin in the garage, I take it. Immediately. The new shoe baskets underneath the console behind our couch are a constant source of irritation for me, because they won’t stay perfectly aligned. And if more than a month’s worth of photos accumulates, awaiting storage in the albums, I definitely get twitchy.

I know that in this day and age we all store our pictures on our computers, and I could just park the kids in front of ours and pull up photo after photo after photo. For me, though, the ability to turn to our bookcase and pull out albums is a much more intimate act. The kids love to pore over these books, often in search of the pictures of their birthday cakes over the years. When Laura was first born, it was a real treasure to sit down and look at Clare’s and Danny’s baby pictures with them, reminding them that they, too, experienced this special time with mommy.

So when Danny couldn’t recall Adventure Island, or the golf course by the condo, instead of trying to jog his memory with a lot verbal prompters (“You know…remember??”), we sat down together and looked. And then he did remember.

Which reminds me that I haven’t stowed the pictures from his fifth birthday yet. Gotta go.

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And just for kicks – hey Liz – remember these kids?  When did they grow up???  ;)

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