Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Photographic Memory

I have stopped and started at least ten different blog entries since my last post. Sometimes I have great insight while waiting in the carpool lane to pick up Nolan and I will dig through my purse to find a pen that I have to scribble on my hand to get any ink out of and the back of a Walmart receipt to write my ideas on before they escape into the great black hole of my mind. However, the process of getting them off paper and onto the computer into a coherent and creative story is where I have been slacking. I often find random words on pieces of paper shoved in coat pockets or under car seats that will remind me of a story I was going to write. 

My sweet Aunt Jane sent me this photo a few days ago.

When I saw this photo and read her e-mail, it just made my day. I don't know as though I have ever seen this photo or if I have, I don't remember it. I tried to recall that dress or the headband, but I have no memory of it. I am embarrassed when I tell people, I have vague memories of my childhood.  I often rely on other people's interpretations to tell me about who I was as a child which is strange because their interpretations are their own versions. I look at that picture of me and it feels foreign but with a strange sense of deja vu, like I have been there before; which I was. What I am getting to (in all this Matrix-like self discovery) is that I am grateful for photographs. 

Photographs are clues to your past; they are glimpses of your future. Good photographs, not necessarily in  the quality of the photo but in the context, will bring back a memory like the smell of summer or the taste of grape popsicles. 

I hope my kids will cherish these photos one day. I hope the photos speak to their personalities and capture the moments that without a photograph would pass without memory of it ever occurring.

Here are some photos from this past week.

Love & Light,

Nolan and good buddy Callie, paint and play store.

Brian plays football with the boys. Cole and his buddies LOVE Brian to play.

 Brian is all time quarterback.

 Cole and Nolan take a trip to the dentist. I love that they have their teeth cleaned side by side. They were so good and so cute!

Nolan and his vampire teeth (below).

And what the tooth fairy leaves for lost teeth.

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