November 16, 2022
This is an unplanned post, so I have no idea where I’m going with it.
First – the featured image is a Max Leiva sculpture; second – the above image is a reflection; you should be able to make out my right arm and the camera strap.
I begin with a question – Is it possible to grab my life experiences, grouped by where I’ve lived – Aprigliano, Sault Ste Marie, Narragansett, Windsor, New York City, Pittsburgh – and one, deconstruct them and two, rank-order their value, importance and relevance?
What I remember most is my time with my parents, with aunts, uncles and cousins, my time with my friends, and those experiences when I got away from everyone and was on my own.
- My mother could be very demanding of my time; my dad was a hard-working man whom I interacted with when he was home.
- I grew up surrounded by relatives and friends of my parents and they provided me with distractions, love and great fun. My favorite relatives were all on my mother’s side. In memory, these were wonderful people and they still register very positively in my mind. My dad’s family lived in a different part of town and I didn’t see them on a daily basis.
- My dad did a work project in south-western France that took him away from home for almost 3 months. I remember it as an intense time for my mother; she was anxious and worried the entire time he was away. In one of his letters my dad sent a picture and he was walking down an incline;