by Skip Cohen
It's a quiet Sunday and cold day in Florida. And while I know "cold" is a relative term, for us living here, it becomes "bone-chillin!" at sixty! LOL The funniest thing is I pull out my flannel shirts, and they just don't go with shorts and flip-flops. Fortunately the fashion police gave up on me long ago.
So, it's cold, we're not doing our walk until the sun is back out, and I had some time on my hands. I pulled an old album of my grandmother's. There was a loose picture of my mother at around twelve with a camera in her hands. I shared it many years ago in a Throwback Thursday post.
Well, it's the perfect photo to share this morning as a reminder to enjoy the downtime and do something with the potential to make you smile, and your heart soar. So, while it's not Throwback Thursday, here's the fun of this image.
First, it's fun to see my mother with a camera in her hands because photography became my career path. Second, my mother couldn't take a picture without cutting off somebody's head. My Dad would buy her one point and shoot after another because every camera he bought she claimed was "defective." I think she finally settled on an Olympus Stylus.
Last but not least, photography was incredibly important to my Mom. She had pictures all over the house of her family and cherished anything we sent. She used to complain about more up to date photographs of her grandchildren, even when I might have sent her some just a few weeks earlier.
As her Alzheimer's took more and more control, the one thing she loved doing the most and never missed a name was going through old albums. And the older the photograph, the more she remembered as the Alzheimer's hadn't yet deleted those "old files."
Today, take the time to find a few old images and simply appreciate the incredible industry you're a part of. We help people capture photos and turn memories into tangible moments that can be shared and savored over and over again. And especially now, when we're still dealing with the pandemic - those old memories and trips in the "way-back machine" are even more special.
Happy Sunday, everybody. Stay safe, healthy, and appreciate knowing that someday we'll look back on these times and realize how strong they helped make us.
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