This photo has long been a favorite of mine. It is even more special to me since my mother passed away in January. This was taken in my mother’s sewing room and I think I was about a year old at the time. I am standing in my mother’s sewing chair peering at something on her sewing machine while she watches from her ironing board nearby. It’s wasn’t necessarily a harbinger of things to come. My mother sewed a lot so she and all of her girls were frequent occupants of the sewing room. I imagine my dad took this photo of us together and captured this moment in time.
One of my friends and I were looking at some old photos she had displayed that showed her family from generations before. There were fascinating and you could see how much things have changed – clothes, cars, hairstyles, buildings, etc. I looked at them and saw the people in them and thought they were pretty much like we are – going about their day to day, attending family gatherings, celebrating some special occasion. Then I had an absolutely brilliant idea if I do say so myself. It’s going to be my next answer to that philosophical question I hear people ask every once in awhile to make conversation. “If you could have one superpower, what would it be? For example, would you like to be able to fly, have X-ray vision, or superhuman strength?”
I finally came up with my answer. I would like to be able to walk into any photograph and be part of those moments, even if I don’t know the people in the pictures. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Not only could you go back and witness important events in history, but you could also go back to see yourself as a child and visit memories that took place too early for you to remember. I wouldn’t hesitate to jump into this photo and get a closer look at what fascinates me so in this picture. I would also ask my mother what she is thinking about. What was she doing? Why were we so dressed up? Was it Sunday? And then I’d give her a big ol’ hug! And then another one.
What superpower would you like to have?