When we begin to value our family photos? When we don't have anything else.
Everybody thinks he has time to do this and that. But time is not something we can hold back neither buy more if we need to.
The only way is to use it very wise and treasure it. I am writing with me heart pounding as I am a true believer that we create our own happiness, enemies, fears, peace and memories from the past.
A mum told me recently, she lost her husband in an accident and they didn't have a good family photo together for the last 4 years. She was blaming herself of not taking photos every moment she could grab her phone or little camera. I was upset myself for her and felt her pain. To all honesty I have missed some moments too and we can’t be snapping 24/7 but the more the better. That way there is less chance of missing something special and totally forget in in 5 months’ time.
This morning I was doing some yoga with my daughter. My youngest who is now 3 typically climbs on my back and plays around, but today he decided to join us and started doing the moved so nicely. Loved to watch him for the 3 minutes before he got bored of it. Missed the chance to take a photo and this will bug my whole Monday.
In today's world we have this image capturing devices everywhere and just a touch of a button will take a memory for us. The usual excuses like "I am cooking dinner now" or "Let me finish this and I'll join you" or "We'll come again another time" and on and on.
No, this next time may never happen. Not all photos you possess have to be professional family portraits. Take a photo anyway. Even a little blurred or clothing stained or whatever you can still evoke the feeling of this moment in many years’ time.
The truth is that this moments may not seem so precious now, but in 5, 10, 20 years’ time you will be digging in to find them.
Your kids will be asking to see your family images. This will be the only way they can recreate the past and keep the memory of missing people alive. Because let’s face it. None of us will be here forever. Some go sooner some later and we never know what is behind the corner. I wish everyone the best, long and healthy life but we need not to leave our family photo memories to the chance. We must create and store and love them. Like the mum I started with. She missed so many moments of fun together with dad and kids now don’t have much to see and hear him laughing again. Now she is a devoted image treasurer.
It is important for young and old to fuel the life with love and warmth from past experiences. It only takes a glance at an old family photo to bring everything back alive.
A family portrait is like a gem, it holds magic and the shine of people who gave us love and strength.
If you are still not convinced of the value in a family image, wait till it’s the only thing you have left.
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