Creating Lasting Memories: Photographing Parents and Loved Ones
A few years ago, I managed to finally take some good photos of my Mom and Dad, who are residents at The Gardens of Parry Sound.
Capturing these images of my parents made me realize the importance of preserving cherished memories through photography. I thought about how people might be missing the opportunity to capture their own family's legacy, and how I could help create beautiful, lasting memories of their loved ones or parents. I approached the management at the Gardens of Parry Sound and proposed a complimentary "Resident Photo Day".
During one of the times I was at the Gardens of Parry Sound, I asked Dave, from Big Lake Cinematic to come and capture some of the behind the scenes. Check out this short video:
My wife Kathleen also comes with me and while people are waiting to have their photos taken, she chats with everyone and writes down some of the stories they share:
I’m most proud of my work with the Provincial Government, working in adoption disclosures, it was so rewarding helping adopted children reunite with their birth parents. They would meet in a “neutral” location, often at our of
fices and my staff would say oh boy, here she goes – because the children and parents always cried and so did I.
I’m a veteran. I enrolled for WWII but was under 21 so I could not go overseas. I worked on the file revision team to change all the names to numbers. Worked all across the country with a group of girls, changed the name so that there wouldn’t be any confusion between people with the same names and for privacy. We finished our work in BC and when we got back to Toronto, our male officer, he was a very nice man, had a party for us. My father was a veteran too – WWI.
I was an air raid duty in Hastings, England. My girlfriend and I were put in a room upstairs and we went outside for a break and met my husband, Vernet. He was eating “chips” for lunch with a friend. He was with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and we made an appointment (e.g., "date"). He came the next night and met my parents and took me to the cinema. I am 100 years old born in 1921.
Stories, nuggets, and wisdom
Written by a 90 year old, 42 lessons life taught me:
- Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
- When in doubt, just take the next small step.
- Life is too short – enjoy it..
- Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
- Pay off your credit cards every month.
- You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
- Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
- Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.
- When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
- Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
- It's OK to let your children see you cry.
- Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
- If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it...
- Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
- Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
- Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
- It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
- When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
- Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
- Over prepare, then go with the flow.
- Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
- The most important sex organ is the brain.
- No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
- Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
- Always choose life.
- Forgive but don’t forget.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does..
- Believe in miracles.
- Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
- Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
- Your children get only one childhood.
- All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
- Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
- If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
- Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.
- The best is yet to come...
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."