I recently walked into a home that was filled to the brim with photographs. I mean, pictures literally everywhere. The home belonged to an older couple, merely an acquaintance for me, but the second I walked into their home and looked around I felt like I knew them just a little more. The couple didn’t waste much time before taking me around from photo to photo, joyfully explaining each image. “This was taken when our son was four, look at his hair! It always did that flippy-thing and he would never let us comb it!” They stood at the image and stared at it as if seeing it for the first time. What was once a daily battle involving a stubborn little boy and a hairbrush was now an endearing memory that lurked in the sentimental minds of these two folks.
Something happens to us when we see pictures of our families. We well up with pride and want to show people; we travel back in time and can see and feel details long forgotten; we’re reminded of what matters and how time moves too quickly, and to treasure the moments we have today.
Pictures, like memories and stories, are part of our legacy. We hold them close, we pass them down. It’s a gift to be able to share a visual of moments, details, people, places and things to those we love, so that they, too, can feel even a glimmer of the joy we feel when we reflect on those times.
I can’t really adequately express how meaningful it is to have images of my grandparents and parents from when they were little; to have pictures of my family growing up; to be able to show these images to my husband. I’m excited to one day show these to my kids, so that they can see and hear about their heritage.
Friends – if you don’t get anything else from any of my blog posts, I want you to document your time with each other. Save your images. Post them on the walls of your home, and then pass them down to your kids and grand kids. No image is too candid, too haphazard, too unplanned, too imperfect (like the flippy-hair in the little boy’s picture). In fact, I hold a strong conviction that these might just be the most meaningful to you years down the road.
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