The task has been on my list of projects since I left my office job almost one year ago. The photo files on the computer. Almost 10,000 pictures memorializing our family’s adventures since 2006. Plus a few stray photos from many moons ago when my husband and I were kids ourselves, scanned for posterity in case the paper versions someday disintegrate into thin air. And lots and lots of garbage – blurry photos, duplicate photos, ugly photos – that have no business taking up valuable computer memory.
And Chloe still loves her books. In the photo below, taken in June 2008 when she was seven years old, Chloe is enjoying “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. It’s the oldest photo I found that captures her engrossed in a book. Her favorite pastime has not changed, as evidenced by the June 2013 photo below. She now takes a book with her everywhere, mostly as insurance against our conversation not being interesting enough to engage her.
Chloe and Sophie do have at least one thing in common. They love amusement park rides. They shared their first ride together in Paris in December 2006, which also happened to be Sophie’s very first non-car motorized adventure. Their most recent thrill together took place last summer at the New York State Fair. Sophie had a little anxiety about the speed of the ride, as evidenced by her hesitant smile, but wanted to go a second time as soon as it was over.
What is most striking to me as I sift through the photos is how happy the girls look in almost every single picture. I like to think they’re generally happy kids, but when you’re living in the moment and dealing with their daily drama – and believe me, there is daily drama (it’s not weekly or monthly, it’s every single day) – it’s sometimes hard to imagine that they’re actually content with their lot in life. But the photos don’t lie and that, in turn, makes me very happy indeed.