The older I grow, the more family history means to me. Where did I come from? Who am I related to? What is their story?
Pictures are a huge part in weaving the stories and families together.
Recently, I've had the great pleasure of scanning some of my great-aunt's photographs and have found some that her mother handed down to her. It has been quite delightful going down memory lane, even if they are someone else's memories. A few pictures hold a treasure, but most do not and are open for interpretation. The treasure? A few words on the back of the photograph sharing who is pictured and where the picture was taken. A handsome young man standing next to an older lady -- Carroll and his mother when he was on leave from Navy. A man holding an infant on his knees--Maurice holding Joyce and John, twins, in front of their house. Wonderful memories.
My grandmother always took time to write on her photographs -- creating short stories by identifying those photographed and where and when they were. There was a photo of me as a baby with some older cousins and my two great-great aunts at a family reunion. Between you and me, I would have had no idea who the baby was without the story on the back. Prior to this point in my life, I thought her taking the time to write on the back was crazy. Surely, she would remember who was in the photograph! She would...but future generations would not.
Seeing pictures of family members who have gone to Glory has been quite delightful. It's like having a virtual reunion--browsing moments the photographer felt were special in nature.
For future generations, share your stories with your photographs -- create photo books with family history, and details of your life.