Because it’s still early January (in my opinion at least), I’m compelled to share this photo for #ThrowbackThursday.
It’s my favourite photo of my paternal grandparents. Grandma’s birthday was January 3 and every year I think of her; this year was no different. Her birthday was always the final party for my father’s family during the holidays. My father is one of three children, so they each took a day to host – Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and Grandma’s birthday. Grandma’s birthday was our evening to have everyone over and it was a nice way to finish off the holidays.
This photo was taken before I was born during a family trip to Disney World that involved my grandparents, my parents and brother, and my uncle (Dad’s brother), aunt and their three children.
There’s just something about this photo that I love. It’s a casual in-the-moment photo. Something you can’t catch if you try too hard. And this was back in the late 1970s, so there was no digital cheating or retaking available.
At first glance, I feel like the photo is from an old movie. I imagine Papa is a smooth talking stranger who happens to notice Grandma and starts chatting her up.
Imagine what they were discussing. The weather? What to eat for lunch? Reflecting on how nice it was to be on vacation with some of their children and grandchildren? Who knows.
My grandfather passed away when I was only four years old, so my memories of him are very limited. I really only have two that I can recall and even those are pretty fuzzy, but I cherish them.
My grandmother was a tough o’l bird and someone you didn’t mess with. She was with us until my last year of high school. Being the youngest of her grandchildren, she never did get to see me graduate. She also passed away just a couple of months before her first great-grandchild was born, but she was always very proud of her “nine perfect grand children”. No doubt she would be very pleased with her 13 fabulous great-grandchildren that our family now has.
More photos like these to come down the road. I plan to raid my parents’ old photo albums in the coming months.