Friday, January 14, 2011
Photo Friday: Like a Steal Trap
I have news for you. It's a revelation, really - one that was revealed to me and soon will be to you too. Your mind is not like a steal trap. I know you think it is. And I did too. But surprise! It's not. It's more like a sieve, a pasta strainer. Hopefully, the important stuff will stay in, but every now and then, it just slips through and down the drain, never to be seen again.
So, what in the world does this have to do with writing a book and the picture above? Well, a lot! If you're like me, you have a box, a folder, a drawer, a trunk load of photos somewhere. You looke at them every now and then and think, "I should really do somethng with these." Maybe you swear you'll scrapbook them someday. Maybe you don't know what the heck you want to do with them, but you know something should be done. But if you look closely at those photos, you may find something disturbing. I did!
Those people from your past, especially the ones that are no longer in your present life, have faded. Their names are slipping away. Even some relatives confuse you. Is that Uncle Bob or Aunt Mabel? Maybe you can't even tell your own kids apart. They do look alike even years apart when they reach the same ages.
Recently, my father and I went on a photo hung. We were looking for photos of his buddies during boot camp and WWII. Now, I have to tell you that my father is the exception to the rule. But I think that's because he has one of those one-in-a-million brains. He can look at a photo and tell you the person's name, and every single detail surrounding them. That's just the way he is. But I suspect that most people don't work that way. He named off all those people from a photo from almost 70-years ago and then told me every detail. When we flipped the photo over, there were the names; written on the back along with the date.
So, here's my challenge to you. Even though your mind is a steal trap and you too are the exception to the rules of brainy-ness, purpose yourself to do something. This year, whenever you see a photo lying around, just take a second and jot down the place date and names on the back. Even if you don't do that to every single photo you own, you or your great, great, great grandchildren, will be able to use it to compare others to years from now. Do it. I will too!