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Empty space in family album: me.

by accidentaltourist on November 22, 2012   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

Over the years, I have taken thousands of pictures. Birthdays, Christmas gatherings, vacations. My children as infants, toddlers, pee-wee footballers and tiny dancers, as high school cheerleaders, soccer players, senior play soloists, and formal-clad prom dates, as capped and gowned graduates and tearful newlyweds. The early moments live now in albums, with hundreds more that have not been put into books still tucked into boxes. More recent years were captured digitally, and they exist on my facebook page, or files on my computer or stored on disks and thumb drives. So many special moments, special memories. I was there to catch them all, record them, and save them...and I'm so very glad I did.

But when those pictures are looked at in the future, there will be a hole. Something will be missing in all those scenes of infancy, childhood, teen, and young adulthood....me. Always behind the camera, I was never in front of it....and so I wonder....will anyone remember that I was even there?


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