Pictures

@sissy15 (5012)
United States
July 20, 2016 10:16pm CST
I've always been big with taking pictures of my son. I literally have thousands of pictures of him. From the day he was born until now. Partly because of digital cameras and phones make it so easy. The idea of pictures honestly fascinates me. Looking back at pictures taken even after a person has passed on, knowing that that memory is forever frozen in time. Even though some people aren't with us that their memory lives on. There's something big in that. I have been looking back on pictures lately. Seeing my son as a baby and seeing him now and seeing how big he has gotten. My mom never took many pictures of me. in my entire 29 years of life I have less pictures than my son has in his 5 years of life. I probably have maybe 30 pictures in my first 10 years of life. Maybe a little more than that, but not much more. To be honest I'm sure complete strangers probably have pictures of me. Who knows who may have been taking pictures as I walked by. That's a weird thought, to know that I might be forever frozen in time in a stranger's memories, I'm sure they probably didn't and don't pay much attention to it, but I might be in the background. I have pictures of complete strangers standing in the background of pictures I've taken. I don't pay much attention to them, but they're there. It's weird to think that we all probably have pictures out there that we don't even know about, taken by complete strangers. We are sometimes part of others happy memories, only without either them or us really knowing. When I look at pictures they often make me think of better times. Of a time no matter how brief that I was happy. Not that I'm not happy now, but I've definitely had happier times. Looking back at pictures of my son as a newborn I think about how happy we were at that moment. I think about all of the pain and how worth it it all was. I will never think it wasn't worth it. That was the day my world forever changed for the better. He may drive me crazy at times, but he also makes me happy even when everything around me feels like it's falling down around me. My son will have all kinds of pictures to look back on and know that we cared. We cared to make sure we captured all of his happy moments. Sometimes memories fade even when pictures don't. I sometimes look back at pictures and wonder what was happening or where it was taken. I do remember most of the pictures of my son that I have taken. Currently we are in Pittsburgh visiting my boyfriend's family. I've been taking all kinds of pictures making sure that my son will have memories to look back on. He is loving the time with his grandma and grandpa. He misses home some, but he is having a blast. I don't want him to forget all of these moments, and even if he does, maybe these can help him remember some of it. I know pictures sometimes help me remember some things. They say pictures are worth a thousand words, and I think they're probably worth more. Getting to look back at people and faces that we may miss is pretty amazing. Sometimes after we lose someone it may hurt to look at them at first, but eventually we might find comfort in getting to go through and look back at better times. Knowing that they're still with us at least in memory.
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@celticeagle (114256)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Jul 16
Pictures are amazing and interesting. My mom took a picture years ago on an old Brownie that ended up in my collection. It is a double exposure and shows her leaning against the front fender of an family car and, leaning against the back bumper of the same car. I always advise people to take lots of pictures when they have a new baby. They grow so fast. I mist getting up dates of my new great grand baby because my granddaughter went off the grid somewhat and is no longer on Facebook. It was so cool to get short little video of the baby laughing or walking with mom's help. Loved those.
@sissy15 (5012)
• United States
22 Jul 16
I agree. I love pictures. I love going through and looking back at them. My son has a ton of pictures. A literal ton probably a few ton lol. They just grow so darn fast. I use FB to post pictures of my son so my boyfriend's family can see him. We are currently in PA visiting his family and I've been taking pictures galore. I want my son to be able to go back and look at them. It's funny to think these pictures will be floating around long after we're gone and people will look back at them and wonder about who the people in the pictures are. I know I do that with old pictures. I sometimes create a story in my head about what their lives must have been like, but maybe that's just me.
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@celticeagle (114256)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jul 16
@sissy15 ....Yeah, I wish that my granddaughter was still on Facebook. When I was taking a writing course they would often give us an odd picture and then have us write a story around it.
@sissy15 (5012)
• United States
23 Jul 16
@celticeagle It's too bad your granddaughter isn't on FB anymore, I know it's nice seeing pictures from time to time, although sometimes it's a reminder of what it is you're missing out on, it can be bittersweet. I would love to do something like that. My imagination can take on a life of its own sometimes.
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@shivamani10 (9971)
• Hyderabad, India
21 Jul 16
you are right. When we do not preserve such picture one day there will be nothing to memorize . They are all sweet memories. But, unfortunately nowadays people are not placing pictures on the walls of their houses. They want only plain walls without any photos, frames, or even pictures. They take pictures and keep them without uploading in their computers even. Why they do like that..is only..point that can they can not answer
@sissy15 (5012)
• United States
22 Jul 16
I love looking at peoples walls when they have pictures hanging. My aunt's house is covered in pictures, and I love just looking around the room, my boyfriend's mom's house is the same way. We live with my mom and she hasn't hung any pictures. When we had our own place we had pictures everywhere.
@jstory07 (57084)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Jul 16
I raised six children and I have all kinds of pictures of each one/
@sissy15 (5012)
• United States
21 Jul 16
I am the youngest of 7 for my mom, I got lost in the shuffle I guess. Some of my siblings have more pictures than others. According to my mom the reason why there are more pictures of some of us is because there were certain points where they had more money than others, and unfortunately we didn't have a lot of money when I was growing up, and we lived further away from the store. When my brother was a baby they lived across the street from a Kmart and my dad would walk over and get pictures developed. I'm lucky to have any pictures.