Sunday, November 14, 2010
On a quiet Sunday, I am looking over the hundreds of images taken over the years to comprise, Loving Aunt Ruth, and I find myself coming back to this photo array. These unobtrusive frames hold Aunt Ruth's mother, her husband, her children, cousins, great nieces, great-great nieces, and her siblings. They welcome a visitor's gaze and even questions, but they are on display as reminders of what matters most to Aunt Ruth not necessarily to arouse curiosity. Her family is and always has been the most important part of her life.
I have referenced this technological age with more friends on Facebook than any of us really know,and I think that the family photo might be at risk for living only on a computer rather than in plain view. Aunt Ruth's choice of interior accessory, her family, has kept me connected to many sweet memories that I might have forgotten without those tiny framed reminders.
As the holidays approach, I think of the maxim, "Never forget who brought you to the dance." Or as Maya Angelou said, "Never forget that you've been paid for." Aunt Ruth has definitely brought me to the dance. She has taught me the importance of remembering all who "paid for me" along with all the laughter, recipes, and Sabbath candles we have shared.
I think I'd better dust off some of my own framed loved ones before I open the doors for this year's Thanksgiving dinner. Aunt Ruth is bringing the pumpkin pie. I will be taking photos.
We will remember this year for sure, but we will also mention those missing from our table as well.
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Happy Thanksgiving....take pictures and print them!