Last nite, after an unexpected delightful phone call from a cousin down in middle Florida..
i began searching for requested photos of family members..
In the course of that search, I stumbled upon quite a few "forgotten" photos..
which led me down memory lane..again..
Funny how the Holidays seem to trigger our most basic of beloved memories..
those so cherished..
and at times, painful to remember..
yet stored away in the most protected corners of our hearts..
last nite opened my heart..
and the teary floodgates flowed..
for loved ones no longer here on earth in the physical sense.
now..spending eternity in their heavenly home...
i wept for friendships lost..
because of whatever reason..
silly..too lazy to keep up..distance..interests outgrown/changed..
but because i am a photographer..
and never EVER toss photos..
my files are bulging at the seams..
and each time as i view them again..
the images spring to life on my screen..
and i remember..
that particular moment frozen in time!
Such is the case with these..
was living/stationed in Newport Rhode Island at the time..
his kids were coming up for Christmas..
Up from Brunswick GEORGIA!
Amy wanted to play in SNOW..
Her brother was open to anything outdoors..
As Newport was totally devoid of snow at the time..
we headed up to Brunswick MAINE to visit friends..
they assured us there was PLENTY of snow..
the four hour drive passed quickly..
and we arrived safely to our friends' house..
and settled in..
next morning.. out to the hilly golf course..
to the best sledding hill in the area..
with kids and toboggan sled in tow..
unabashed FUN ensued!!!
laughter..followed by snowball fights..
dares on the toboggan rides..
good clean winter fun!..
and by chance.. we caught the eye of someone with a camera..a local newspaper reporter/photographer who was there...enjoying the colorful scene..of sledding kids!
she came over to ask permission to use photos taken/get names of the kids.. thus learning of the connection between the two Brunswicks..
we ended up being the lead story and photos in the Lifestyle section!!!
Yep..that's me ..Brunswick, Maine 1986
then step-daughter up visiting from Brunswick, Georgia
sadly, divorce is not pleasant..
and as is most often the case,
it is the love for and of those extended family members which is lost..
Amy was a case in point..
my heart still remembers the funtimes we shared over the course of my many years with her dad..
as i watched her grow from sensitive youngster,
treading through treacherous teens into young adult..
and lastly ..a Mom..a very loving mom!
I like to think she still carries a bit of me within her memories..
and maybe, just maybe, some of my positive reinforcement stuck with her..
Up to my ARSE ..Denver, Colorado 2006
In the present,
my new world includes a very caring and loving hubs,
his two grown "kids"..three grands..
with a fourth due anytime..
hopefully before year's end..
and finally..my/our three feline furbabies..
Here's hoping for your enjoyment of cherished memories from the past ..
as well as making/creating new ones..
here in the present..
moment by moment..
Kodak or not..
these are the times of our lives!