Here are 17 snapshots. Plus the 301 words in the body of this post, not including this heading. You’re dealing with around 2001 words, my friends.
Today I’m taking a break from writing to share some random items in my parents’ house in Alabama, where my wife and I spent the weekend. It’s true that every picture has a story. And these little stories make up our lives- they make up who we are. So by looking through these snapshots of the house I grew up in, you’re taking a look into my memory pool- the same one I use to write from.
This is Samantha Shell. In September, she turned 20 years old. Samantha is a Cockatiel.
This is one of two windows in my bedroom. My parents bought that little guitar for me when they went to The Philippines in 1995.
This is my sister’s bedroom, which has recently been transformed into a guest nursery for Baby Jack.
Here is my dad’s 1988 Ford Ranger he bought nearly new. It’s still his main vehicle.
You never know when you might have to blow your nose while driving to work; less than a 10 minute drive for him.
He put these plastic lizard in the dashboard several years ago. He says it successfully scares away flies.
This cross used to be dark red and white. It was crocheted circa 1993 and has been hanging on his mirror since then.
This cross is my Italian grandfather’s.
And it opens up, as my mom demonstrates.
Two monkeys and my sister the ballerina.
Yours truly, from 1986 to 1999.
My parents and I in 1982.
My friend David Smith and I broke this Nashville mug that my dad bought for my mom when he went on a business trip. We stayed up until after 1 AM to superglue it back together. I’m not sure that it actually still holds liquid.
Classic frog and shroom.
My sister and I in 1991.
Local newspaper clips on the fridge. Busted!