This blog started forming in my mind while I was enjoying everyone’s Thanksgiving pictures on Facebook. Those kids had to work for their turkey and pumpkin pie. I remember those.. if I smile one more time my face is going to crack, smiles. When our kids were around five or six that’s how they smiled when we dutifully took them to Super Value or Lee Beckwith’s store once a year to have their pictures taken..By the time they were seven, they started losing their teeth. It was pretty much the same smile but without teeth, it doesn’t have the same “frozen on the face effect.”
I have a few other pictures of our kids with the frozen look, but we took those before digital cameras, cell phones, and computers.
I never did get around to putting them all in albums. In fact, they’re in plastic crates in the attic. Now, I actually only print a handful a year, but I have thousands stored…most of them since I started the blog.
I take a lot of the pictures I use and purloin the rest. When I go through the pics stored, I’m often surprised at how many years have gone by since the picture was taken and I wonder if I will ever look at it again.
These aren’t frozen smiles are they? I just tried to download about twenty and somehow I lost them and I don’t want to take the time to go back and search again.
When I was a kid, we were very careful about how many pictures we were taking. Camera film cost money and so did developing the photos. We had to send the film off and didn’t get the pictures back for a week to ten days. In the beginning we bought the twelve picture Kodak film, then we got up to twenty-four…and they were in color. I will admit we sometimes left a film laying around the house a while before we finally sent it in. I wish we had taken more pictures. I love to look at pictures of anybody and their families. It doesn’t matter if I know the people or not. Snapshots of a moment in time fascinate me.
Well, I kind of got off the subject didn’t I. Right this minute I’m a little upset because I found at least twenty examples of the “frozen smile” and I somehow lost them before I transferred them to the blog. Lucky you, I guess.
I want to rerun a Christmas story I ran across today. I hope it makes you smile…a real smile. It might even make you snort. I’m sure glad I’m not as crazy as Yram.