Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Aren't People Strange and aren't Families even Stranger.

The gradual clearout of the loft is ongoing and still turns up trumps.
Amongst the many photos of times long since gone one in particular stands out. Not grandad in his grandeur as Sunday School Superintendant. Not grandma with her brood of eight around or not too far from her tiny feet. Not the weddings of the brood, safely despatched over the years. that is, not of each wedding, faithfully recorded, but only, God forbid, one in particular.
A wedding photo is retrieved, one wedding in many. The bridegroom, smiling, as bridegrooms should. The bridesmaid, shy and demure, as bridesmaids were expected to be.
The bride, I know who, but I'm not telling. Carefully cut, and I mean carefully from the wedding scene. Cut undoubtedly by a sister in law, my aunt who obviously disapproved of the marriage to a favourite brother.
I make no comment as to the rights and wrongs; for all I learn in life is that despite increasing age I know nothing. But look at the careful cuts involved and wonder. Aren't families strange, and isn't life in general even stranger.

5 comments:

David [C+D] said...

That's a fantastic story, perfectly told. :) I look forward to reading more.

Anonymous said...

The art of good writing is not what you say but what you do not say. The reader should be fed just enough detail to allow him/her to apply his/her own experiences/emotions. This story ticks all the boxes! Great stuff!

John Simpson said...

Hello Ken,

If whilst clearing out your loft you come across any photos of Long Eaton Grammar then please let me know and I'll publish them on the school web site.

Yes the truth can often be stranger than fiction. And with families there is nowt as strange.

regards John

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi Ken, Thanks for sending me to this post..I loved your photo..I thought perhaps the groom ended up with the bridesmaid years later..who knows..yes families are strange! Connie/Forgotten Old Photos! :)

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