This weeks prompt is ‘family photo’, and I’ve chosen the photo above of my parents, my brother, and myself from 1978. I chose this photo because it exudes youth, innocence, and health. It’s also the only photo that exists of the four of us.
My parents were so young–only 25 & 26 years old with two children–and healthy. This was well before my father had a couple of stents put in, before his diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis, and before his most recent diagnosis of fatty liver disease. It was a time when he embraced his curly hair and showed off his awesome afro. My mother looked so vibrant and full of life. This photo was taken before her sixteen and a half years working the third shift of midnight to 8 a.m., before my brother and I were typical rebellious teenagers, and well before cancer took her.
My father is now closing in on 70. My brother just turned 46. I’m going to be 42 this year.
Time goes by far too quickly. We only get one shot at this life. Always remember to live each day to the fullest and make the time for those you love (and those who love you).