A picture is worth a thousand words, but we rarely put a thousand words to a picture…..but we could. I am in the midst of putting together photo albums for my boys. The photos date back 28 years. I look at certain photos and can feel the moment. I know what was going on with the people in the photo and with the world surrounding the people in the photo. There are back stories, hidden stories and untold stories. There are once upon a time stories and stories full of lore, humor and silliness. There are photos of smiling children who five seconds before the camera blinked were crying.
Why do we rarely take pictures of people crying? It’s just as much a part of life as the laughter. Then we could say, Aunt Susie is crying because her dog got hit by a car that day, or Uncle John is crying because the Yankees lost the pennant, or Cousin Fred is crying because his fiancé returned her engagement ring, or Cousin Susie is crying because she knows she’ll never find a way out of the small town she lives in. Now those are pictures worth a thousand words.
I love pictures and I love the pictures of my boys and my husband. We have lived a busy, full, loving life together with more to come. Someday I may tell a few of the stories in long form, but for now each photo gets a brief caption depicting the moment. A thousand words will have to come later.