Everybody who has a phone has a camera, so everybody has photos of all the cute things their kids do or their Christmas tree or their new car or just about anything. It’s become almost natural to flip out your smartphone and snap away like there’s no tomorrow.
And that’s great. All memories are great. But what happens to those photos? A lot of them get shared on Facebook or Instagram. But the majority of them stay on the phone. Or they get deleted to make room for more pictures. Or you get a new phone and your old phone gets tossed in a drawer, with those pictures never again to be seen.
Pictures are and have always been a big deal in my family, and as it turns out, in my husband’s family as well.
Sadly, most of the photos from my youth disappeared over the years, but I have the sweetest photo of my mother as a child and we’ve inherited heirloom photos from my husband’s family. Alll three of them hang in places of honor on our living room walls. They’ll be passed down to our children, too.
Nearly every wall in my dining room and living room are covered with photos and I have a big bin full of the photos that have hung one our walls over the past 27 years.
I made sure that our little family had a professional photo taken every year as our children were growing (well, if you can consider KMart and Sears professional, lol) and I’ve tried to get one every other year now that the kids are grown and moved out. Why? Because people change; kids grow up, parents die, we get son-in-laws and grandchildren. And while we have all the great memories, a photo will freeze that memory and allow us to relive it over and over.
“A photograph keeps a moment from running away.” ~ Eudora Welty