One of the things I found interesting today was the process of going through photos albums. Exploring and revisiting what I found important at certain times of my life – capturing moments – places – people – events.
I went through 6 photo albums – pulling out memories from when I was with my (practice) husband. Getting engaged, our first apartment together, our new furniture, our adopted kitten and how well she got along with our previous cat (not!), our next move, our honeymoon across the East coast provinces of Canada, the first time I saw an ocean, the house we lived in when I was born, our puppy, renovations in our first house, our trip out to the West coast – across the rest of the Canadian provinces, my first glimpse of mountains, the Pacific ocean, our trip to Drumheller where I saw a T-Rex skeleton up close and personal, bought a fossil, a full moon in the Rocky Mountains, a black bear on the side of the road, West Edmonton Mall, going down the luge run at Calgary’s Olympic Park…..
As I pulled, I sorted into 3 piles: keep, pass over to my ex, or toss.
I recall one of my siblings commenting on my photo albums maybe 20+ years ago…asking me why there were so many pictures without people. Her photo albums were filled with photos of places and events but most included someone in the picture. I seem to recall it had something to do with marking the point in time with the person along with the place or the event. I had answered her that I preferred just the scenery – that I was an artist looking for the artistic shot.
Having gone through this exercise today I realized the photos I kept were mostly those which included people. The majority of those I tossed were of scenery.
Hmmm…she may have been onto something.