Friday, May 30, 2014
Every day we are so overloaded with pictures. I am guilty of it myself- I find myself snapping photos of my son, of my food, the sky- of just about anything! Its funny- I have so many thousands of "snapshots" that at the moment were seemingly pointless. But I'm beginning to realize they are not pointless- because someday the person in the photos may no longer be with us. I am so thankful that my Mom loved taking pictures- at least in her later years. She didn't care how silly she looked with the crazy party hat or cake on her face- she indulged my love of chasing people with a camera.
When she was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer and the radiation and chemo caused her to start losing her hair, many of her friends brought her cute hats and scarves to wear. I did a "photo shoot" with her- and I am so glad I did. I have so many pictures that truly show her personality and her quirky humor. I have pictures of her with my son, with me, with family, that I will treasure always. I captured her cancer journey through photos- and in her last days took a photo of us holding hands so I could keep it forever.
My point? Don't stop taking pictures. When you have family gatherings- take snapshots and selfies (yes I said it) and get everyone together for a group picture. Overcome the groans with a smile- because even though people say they don't want to be in a picture- trust you me when they look back on them five, ten, or twenty years later they will be thankful for that memory. In this day and age it is easier than ever to capture a memory- just don't forget to keep that memory by printing your photos and/or saving to a hard drive for safe keeping.
Take pictures- make memories- we are not promised tomorrow.