Like this one. This one makes me really sad. (Sorry about the quality. Reflections... arg.)
I bought it at Goodwill this weekend for $5.99.
It caught my eye because the lady on the right (I think of her as the grandmother) reminds me of my own grandmother. I'm sure I have a picture of her with that exact hair-do, wearing that exact dress, those exact pearls.
But that's not what made me buy the photograph.
What made me buy the photograph is how sad it is.
Look at that family! Look at all those kids. Sisters and brothers, maybe. Cousins? Those dogs. Only half of the people in the photo are even looking at the camera. The grandfather and the boy on the left are laughing. The little girl in the middle looks stern. The boy on the right is staring outside the frame. The baby is sucking her thumb. The girl in the fore - the pretty girl with the pageboy - is doing exactly what's required of her. I image she was the responsible one. The elder sister. The good daughter. The adult-child.
They look like a happy family, don't they?
And it's terribly sad.
I want to know what happened. What happened to that family? What happened between them? What happened to cause this photo to end up in a bin at the Goodwill instead of with one of them?
I bought the photo and brought it home. I guess that's a strange thing to do, but I did it.
So that's that.
In other news, I bought a stack of fiction as well. Been on a reading kick lately (hence all the book reviews on the Review blog). I love Goodwill for books. It's just so much easier to take a chance on a story when it only costs $2.49. Of this stack (shown) I started with the one with the green spine - Peter Rock's My Abandonment. I loved it. Going to have to blog about it. Maybe later in the week.