The Good Old Family Picture...
Somewhere on my mother’s desk there is a picture of me and my brother and my sister, wearing our Sunday best, in a field of bluebonnets. I’m the one in a tan leisure suit, butterfly collar, with my head cocked sideways and a partial scowl on my face. I remember the moment well, as I’d just gotten a whipping from my dad for being a turd and not wanting to take bluebonnet pictures. Looking back, I’m not sure why I was so leery of the camera. Probably, it was the leisure suit. Fortunately, mine wasn’t powder blue to match my brother’s.
Over the weekend, one of my dad’s lifelong friends was explaining their family picture ritual. They put an extended family pic on their Christmas card each year. The simple act of getting everyone together is enough to make my head spin. It’s a testament to their family bond that it gets taken each year, with everyone included.
Just tonight, we received a thumb drive full of our 2012 family pictures. Every couple of years, we make time to get our family four together with a professional and try to get a few wall worthy photographs. As much as I hate to admit it, I enjoy this immensely. Tonight, I popped the drive into my computer, hit the slideshow button, and did my best to hold back a tear. Throw in a good bottle of wine and I could probably sit and watch it over and over.
Today’s kids, they just grow up so fast.
Halloween is but a week away, then Thanksgiving. Santa will be here before we know it and then we’ll be making New Year’s resolutions. When your kids are young (ours are five and seven), it’s a magical time of year. I believe, but I know these days of magic are numbered. All we can do is enjoy this while it lasts.
As the holiday season fast approaches, maybe we should all try to remember to take the time to slow down and get together for a few family pictures. Even with a scowl, they sometimes can pass the test of time.
Until next week, keep smiling.
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