Thursday, July 16, 2015

A picture I prefer

This is a picture of my dad in 1955 as he stood in the driveway of our apartment in Whiting, Indiana.

I was five-years-old at the time, the youngest child at that time.

There are a lot of things I don't remember from my childhood, but I remember this apartment, and I remember this car.

I actually wrote two blog complete entries tonight after looking at this picture, but since I struggled with my column this week, I decided to save the words I'd written so that I can use them for next week's column. I'll share it with you next Monday evening when I post my column.

That's the thing about pictures. They are packed with emotion, promise, and history.
I didn't weep when I came across this picture, but I came close. My dad looked so young, thin, and happy.

The image of him that's been etched in my brain like a cheap tattoo was the one in his recliner a few days before he died of cancer.

I much prefer this picture.


  1. We can cherish such pictures because we don't have so many as today. Oh yeah, a young dad ready to do whatever it takes for his family. Commitment and determination. WE need more of it.
    BUT of course it had to jar some heavy memories. This must have been close to the Pony ride. Just a guess. Good one, I love the old pictures.

  2. It's a great photograph, and I'm glad you have it as a cherished reminder of your dad.

  3. You should have this picture near you whenever that cheap tattoo comes to your thoughts

  4. You need to get this one framed and look at it daily so maybe your final picture of him in your mind will be replaced with this happy one! We need to always keep those precious memories alive and think of the good times.

  5. Good times are what get us through the tough ones. Nice to have this memory of your Dad.

  6. Both the pictures are a depiction of realities of time. We choose to adhere to the softer one. Like Yaya has suggested here, it will be nice to frame this one.
    Thanks for sharing your family pictures.

  7. Anonymous1:15 PM

    We would ALL like to be remembered this way!!

  8. Memories like that are what shapes our lives.

  9. A picture says so much. your dad does look young, health and happy.
    A great find. I'm glad you could write a column from the memories this picture evoked for you.

    Have a great weekend.

  10. Came across family photos this past week while sorting through Mom's old photos. So young, good memories. Need to go through those photos again soon.


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