As you might've guessed, Vic, a photographer's wife, has her picture taken all the time while I on the other hand rarely have mine taken. One of my favorite things growing up was finding old pictures of my parents from their younger days. It can be so hard at times to have perspective and imagine your parents as anything but your parents. Seeing an "old" picture of them was a great way to gain that perspective and to view them in a new light. It also adds some validity to the line, "I was young too once, ya know!"
While 16-year-old angsty me would stare at these old photos wondering what they were like then or if they had ever gone through anything like I was at the time, I could look up and see them right then and there and know that I'd have a chance, too. That awful, seemingly never-ending, awkward stage I felt trapped in would have an end, even though it may not be as soon as I would've liked. I wondered if the girl I was in love in with in highschool was the one I was meant to marry (she was). One day, I'd figure out exactly what I'd want to spend the rest of my life doing. Although, I don't have it all figured out, neither did they and that just gave me something to work towards and look forward to.
So, now I make sure to hand the camera over to Vic on days I'm feeling especially photogenic with the kids we'll hopefully have one day in mind. Maybe someday they'll be posting pictures of us on whatever social media is popular then, too.
There were two specific pictures of my Dad that I couldn't find but that were my favorites of him. One was taken when he was about 16 years old where he was seated on a stoop in Flushing in blue jeans, white hi-top sneakers, a t-shirt and long almost afro-like hair. I thought he looked so cool. The other was of him proudly standing in front of his brand new Camaro IROC-Z. Apparently, that was our first family car for a short time until my parents decided something more practical had become necessary. If they ever pop up I'll be sure to post them somewhere.
P.S. How did my Dad land my Mom?!