Friday, December 31, 2010

Now and Then and Now Again

I have spent much of the afternoon and evening in the company of lots and lots of family. But most of the family aren't actually here. In person, anyway. They are in piles and piles of photographs, and I've been spending time scanning, arranging and rearranging them so they tell a story.

In this case, it's the story of my Grandmother, who lived a very long and very full life. And because her mother lived a very long and very full life, there are some amazingly old pictures. It's fascinating in general to watch styles and trends change over the decades. It's another thing entirely to see your own relatives placed in those decades, often doing exactly what you would be doing today, if you were there.  Swimming at the beach, fishing in a boat, petting your dog ... not much has changed in the past hundred years.

So it seems somehow oddly fitting in these last few minutes of 2010 that I wish all of you a very happy New Year filled with family and friends and wonderful moments that will fade into memories, perfect for sharing with all the generations to come.


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