With less than a month to go before my daughter and I move to our respective new homes, packing has begun in earnest now, so as not to leave everything until the last minute. Last Friday I was clearing out the bottom compartment of the cabinet we’d been using for a printer stand and came across some software CDs and a plain CD in a case, labeled, “Pictures — Full.” We have a few other CDs with pictures and I thought I’d seen all we had, but I popped this CD into the computer and was amazed. There were all the pictures I thought had been lost! All of Basil’s baby pictures, all the pictures of Bailey and Dexter from when they were only 8 weeks old, pictures of our nice house in Florida, of holidays and birthdays and Diana’s graduation candid shots. There were also some older pictures that I’d scanned and I still have the actual pictures themselves, but so many were only digital shots that I didn’t have copies of anywhere else. I quickly uploaded them onto my computer and also onto a flash drive, for safekeeping this time.
As I looked through these pictures and reminisced, I began feeling a greater appreciation for those past years. Yes, toward the end of our time in Florida, in particular, prior to my separation and subsequent divorce, there were many bad times and painful memories. Though I’d tried to remember the good times, the bad memories always outweighed the good ones. But these pictures brought back many happy moments I hadn’t thought about in years, and I began to have a new, more positive outlook on them.
Before I get back to more packing and preparation, let me share some random favorite photos with you; please feel free to click on the pictures to see most of them LARGER:
There were over 1200 missing pictures, and I could go on and on, but I’ll leave you with this short video of Bailey and Dexter romping when they were what looks like about 4 months of age. Enjoy!