The Gift

“Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories last forever.” – Unknown.

Old brownieThe Wednesday Challenge over on our site Weekly Prompts is Family Photo.

My partner GC suggested we look through our boxes of family memorabilia and perhaps find an old or ancient photograph of a family member.

If I were to sit down with a box of photo albums and memorabilia, I’d be there for the whole day! Instead, I climbed up a couple steps and took a photograph of a large framed picture that hangs at the bottom of my stairs.
Before including here, I cropped the gilded frame out of my photograph and straightened my wonky photography.

The picture was a surprise birthday gift from my late husband, Graham, the picture includes our four daughters, my late parents and Graham himself. 

Mum and Dad, Graham and the girls
Our girls from left to right – Victoria, Elizabeth, Sophie and Louisa.

As it was meant to be a surprise, I wasn’t invited to join them, and anyway at the time, I was heavily pregnant with our youngest, our son, Joshua.

I was delighted with my surprise picture and perhaps more so because my dad, who was twenty years older than my mum, died soon after this studio photograph was taken. Next week would have been his 118th birthday.

© 2020 Wednesday Challenge Family Photo from Weekly Prompts

22 thoughts on “The Gift

  1. OH, this is so wonderful, Sue! I have joy-tears in my eyes! What a precious surprise birthday gift for you that has brought you so much love and joy through the years! 🙂
    We never know when we take family photos if we will all be together again to take another one. I’m so glad your Dad was in this photo. I know that is so meaningful to you.
    (((HUGS))) ❤ 🙂

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  2. Sometimes we don’t realise what a photograph really means until years after it has been taken. One of my joys is to look at family photos from down the years. A moment in time, captured forever, that can hold so many memories. Another great post, Sue.

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Family photos are absolute treasures. The memories one small picture holds is amazing. I don’t think your husband could have given you a more perfect or loving gift. Thank you for sharing such a personal treasure.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. So many memories in just one photo, even Sophie’s tantrum at having to put on a skirt and the others attempting to shut her up so she wouldn’t give the game away! Thank you, Ginger 🙂


    1. A couple of years back I thought I might change the old fashioned gilt frame, but in the end I decided it was part of the memory and I don’t want to spoil that. Thank you, Peter

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  4. gc

    You are very fortunate Susan that this photo brings you such happiness and wonderful memories of family members who are no longer with you. Thank you for sharing this “gift” of family with our readers. We all deserve such an inspiring and cherished portrait in our lives.

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