1. When was this photo taken?
2. Where was this photo taken?
Walnut Creek, California
3. Who took this photo?
4. What are we looking at here?
This is Don, my grandfather's cousin, and his wife Gene on their backyard patio.
5. How does this old photo make you feel?
Don died in 2013; Gene is now mostly blind but still vigorous and living on her own in their home of more than 50 years. I feel far away from this moment. This photograph makes me feel more conscious of time passing. I feel grief.
6. Is this what you expected to see?
I had forgotten about this day, and I didn't remember having taken photos. This was a surprise.
7. Does this photo bring back any memories?
A flood of memories: the smell of the gardenia blooming in the background; the cheap red wine Don drank a full glass of with every lunch; Gene's energetic conversation; the strong California sunshine; the cold pool. That day I was with my then-boyfriend and his little cousin, neither of whom knew how to swim. The difficulty of that relationship was somewhat eased in Don and Gene's loving company.
8. How do you think others will respond to this photo?
I hope people will linger for a moment on the details -- like the bandage and light glancing off Gene's arm, Don's steady gaze, the ketchup and mustard bottles, the wind chimes above the cymbidiums -- and feel the beauty of that afternoon.
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