I love photos, as readers of this blog undoubtedly know, and I’ve started to do some mini-albums/scrapbooks on various themes. Yesterday I had the idea to select some very special ones to create an album called “Moments In Time”.

Have you ever had the feeling, as you look at a picture from a certain era in your life, that that snapshot captures the “essence” of that period? I experience it as instant time travel; a remembered sensation that brings me back to those days in a physical way. For example, of all the photos that I have of my late parents, there’s one that was taken in their later years, in their kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. My dad is (trying) to carve the turkey while my mom runs around worrying if she has the right amount of food for everyone. That single picture takes me to that moment in time so vividly that I can almost smell the cranberry sauce.

And there’s another — the view out of Lauren’s window onto the street from the house I lived in for 28 years. That one view brings back all the memories of waiting for guests to arrive, or the snow plow to finally turn the corner, or one of my kids to come home from a late date night. That single picture produces years full of memories. As does the photo of AJ backstroking his way across the finish line at one of dozens of summer swim meets.

For me, the major criteria for selecting a photo to go in this album is that it be representative of those particular days in my life and that when I look at it, it makes me feel like I’m back there again.

Do you have some special pictures? Try this and let me know how it makes you feel.

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