I'm in the phase of life discovering mountains of memories, stored in photographs, which are filling boxes and needing an extraordinary amount of time to view and sort. There are simply years upon years of memorabilia stored in various containers since my parents moved out of their home and into independent living six years ago. Add to that my dad passing away and now my mother being in a facility and who is left to divide and conquer? Well, you're right if you guessed me!
It's been an eye-opener to see what mom kept all these years. My oldest brother will be 75 on November 24th and I found all his report cards and pictures from elementary school! Same for me and my younger brother. There are even VBS (Vacation Bible School) certificates from when we were little kids! It's been an amazing unearthing although I have to admit I have similar storage boxes with reports and pictures of my own kids who are now in their 30s!
But the best part of all these pictures is seeing Mom and Dad at younger stages of their lives. The saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" is so very true. You can almost imagine the conversations surrounding the photo that probably one of the participants didn't want to be a part of! So in the midst of mounds of photographs and the sense there aren't a lot of people who care about these remembrances, I am thankful I get to sit in on imagined events of long ago...where I come from...just looking at a photograph!
The above photo is my dad and mom when they started dating in 1943. They were married January 9, 1944 and were married 69 years when dad passed away. Mom is currently 97 years old!