Over the weekend I was going through some old family photos that belonged to my Granny who passed away in 2002. She would have been 90 years old in September. I remember as a kid she kept all her photo albums in a trunk in her bedroom and she had tons of them. She gave me a couple of albums before she was put into a nursing home and I have cherished them ever since. While she didn't put names and dates on a lot of her pictures, she always kept them in albums and in relatively good shape. She even had several pictures of her parents. Having nine kids, you could imagine all the pictures she had. There's nothing sweeter in this world than looking at your grandparents as a child, seeing your great-great grandparents, and even your own parents. My Granny was always beautiful to me and I love seeing her in pictures with her little brother and sister when they were kids or seeing her in pictures with her own babies. I was lucky enough to run into a picture of my own father when he was probably just learning to stand on his own. It's a special feeling to see the man you've always looked up to and adored when he was so small and innocent, just learning to stand and take his first steps. It's amazing to see that your father looks very much like his own grandfather or even that your own son looks like one of your uncles when they were a boy. It's very painful though to look at pictures of an uncle who died too soon in life because of alcoholism and wonder where did the pretty bright eyed boy go wrong. It's fun though to see all your aunts and uncles as kids and see how they dressed or wore their hair or who was always together.
I never got the opportunity to meet my dad's father or stepfather as they died before I was born and my mom's mother died when I was too young to remember so pictures is all I have of them and there's not many but I cherish them so much. I can only imagine what it would have been like to know or remember them but the pictures I have of them let me know a little about them and what they were like and I'll take that any day over nothing at all.
I hate having my picture taken because I hate the way I look in them, how they always catch me at the wrong angle and I end up looking huge as a cow or how I always have a goofy look on my face. I realize though that pictures are an important part of history and an important part of every family. I hope that one day my family pictures will be looked at and cherished like I cherish the ones that belonged to my Granny.
Do you have old family pictures that you cherish? How does it make you feel to look at them?