"We didn't realize we were making memories. We were just having fun."
Today's image will have little meaning to you guys, but the story on how it found its way to Throwback Thursday is a great lesson in how small the world has become.
Last Sunday morning I shared a post about hanging out with one of my old roommates from college, "Rich." We hadn't been together in over 35 years, which was the last time we caught up to each other. During that visit we talked a lot about friends from our freshman year at Miami of Ohio. We've both lost track of so many of them.
One of those was "Gary S." That night I jumped on Linkedin and did a quick search and there he was. I fired off an email and yesterday, just in time for Throwback Thursday, I had an response from him with two photographs. My apologies for the quality of the image. It's a scan of an old print close to fifty years old, but it's good enough to make the point.
I have no idea what Rich and I were doing in the shot above. Nor do I know whose hat I stole to ham it up in the hallway. What I do know is that life is simply too short to not take the time to kick back now and then, and just laugh over those unexplainable moments from the past.
Throwback images bring back so many memories. We didn't have cell phones and while photographs were fun they weren't part of our daily routine, as they are for all of us today. And, if you're like me, those old images are all over the place in drawers, shoe boxes and files.
So, here's my point - First, share an old image on your blog as a post to remind your readership how important photographs can become, especially if they're moments captured by a professional. Second, take the time to track down an old friend. The farther you go back the more fun it will be to catch up. Third, protect those images on your phone on a regular basis. Print a few of them and file them away, because years from now they're going to be some of your most valuable possessions!
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