Tamara Real 01
1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
In the living room of our home
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
It's the Christmas gift exchange and the first time my husband Carl has gotten to see his first grandchild, Marie, who was then about 7 months old.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
I have a mixture of happiness and great sorrow looking at this photo. Just looking at Carl, you can see how happy he was to have a little grand-daughter. He was thrilled! And you can see how physically able and mentally engaged he was. I remark on those things because 3 years later, in 2008, Carl would start to show signs of Lewy body dementia, a widespread yet under-recognized disease that robs a person of their physical and cognitive capacities. By Christmas of 2013, Carl would be dead. He was the love of my life and I devoted myself to his care during the 5 years of his illness, so this picture brings me pain and joy as I remember the exuberant man he was and yet know what fate is in store for him.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I was a bit afraid of what I'd discover on these rolls of film. Carl and I traveled a good deal and had many wonderful experiences, so I thought that these would be lost vacation photos. As much as I wanted to see them, I was afraid that seeing images of our happy times together would stab my heart as they reminded me of what I've lost.
7. Does this photo bring back any memories?
This photo conjures up memories of a very happy holiday gathering for our family. At this particular moment, Carl's children all seemed to be settled and happy. Carl and I were in a home we had renovated (and the renovation was finished!). Everything then was going very well.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
I imagine that others will probably skip over this picture, dismissing it as just another Christmas photo..
- Lost Rolls America
- Image Size
- 1700x1109 / 1.3MB