What Matters Most – Family Photos Are More than Memories

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Photos are pieces of our past that remind us what matters most in the present.

This is my grandmother, Martha. I love this photo of her, happy and carefree. Growing up, I learned lots of her loves. Those included roller skating and gin rummy.

She would always give my brother and me circus peanuts candy and hotdogs when we visited her.

And of course, she taught me gin rummy!

For the last 5 years of her life, she was in a nursing home and I was in my late teens and early twenties. I was very “busy” with all I thought was important and didn’t visit her as much as I should have.

Once she passed away, I was struck by how “busy” I made myself that often I missed the magnitude of blessings in front of me.

I didn’t take time to listen to her stories enough, or learn more about her life. I wish I had her here with me now, but I do have this photo. It helps hold that lesson out to me, and inspires me to think of my grandmother as I make it a goal to learn more about the loved ones in my life currently. ~shared by @atticseventeen

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