I also have a thing for photos, and old photos in particular.
I love getting my hands on old family photos.
It does something to me, that I can't really describe.
Seeing the faces of ancestors is shocking, in a good way.
I'm stunned and amazed to see the faces of people who are a little piece of me.
The family resemblances stand out immediately.
And the realization that if it wasn't for that one person, two or three or four generations back, I wouldn't be here at all.
When we were at Mum's a few days ago, she came out with some new old photos that I had never seen.
One was my Grandma's parent's wedding.
I'd heard about my great-grandparents. Grandma had gone through the family tree with me years ago.
So I know all the names, but putting faces to those names is a whole other story.
Mum also had photos of herself at around three years old. I'd seen one baby photo of my Mum but none as a child around the age of my own little girl.
Here are some that I have and love...
|My great great grandparents in the centre, my great grandfather is 2nd in the back row.|
|My great grandparents with my Nan (standing) and her sister.|
|My grandparents wedding, Nan and my grandfather who died before I was born.|
|My other grandparents wedding, Grandma and Grandfather.|
|My Dad, how cute is he?|
|Mum in primary school|
|Dad in primary school|
I am dying to get copies of Grandma's photos.
My uncle has them at the moment. He scanned them and turned them into a beautiful slide show for her funeral.
I had a thought as I was driving home from my Grandma's funeral...
I wish I had a book of my Grandma's life.
I know there are plenty of books written about the lives of important and special people.
But what about the ordinary people?
I would love a book of my Grandma's life, complete with pictures and historic details.
I guess the question is, would she want her life to be 'published'?
Would she want everyone reading about her personal life?
Perhaps it's selfish for me to wish for something like that.
Perhaps I just want something to hold onto, so I don't have to let her go.