Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Memory Lane

I thought I had six blank pages at the end of my book and I did not want to waste them. I put all the columns I wanted in there and it was my intention to fill those remaining pages with pictures of our friends, family and pets. So I spent days going through boxes of photographs looking for those gems.
Going through old (and new) photographs lifts the spirits and sometimes makes you sad. Sometimes they touch your heart. Unlike moving pictures, video and old film, still pictures capture an instant in time. One person in the photograph may 'steal' the moment with a smile, a funny face or odd look while a look on the face of someone else may reveal a deep sadness that makes you wonder what was going through their mind at that particular moment.
When I look at pictures of myself, I don't look like the same person. I guess in many ways, I'm not the same person.
This picture was taken when I was in the Army in 1971. Twenty years old and a long way from home. I'm not sure what was on my mind at the time but I looked homesick.
As it turns out, I had just the right amount of stuff to fill out the book so all the picture surfing was for naught.....well, not really. It's always fun to walk down memory lane.

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