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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: Addiction Leads to Treasures
By Annora Williams
07/15/08


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I raise my hand and confess, I am a photo junkie. I have lots of photo boxes full of snapshots just waiting to be organized. I also have several photo albums at various stages of completion. My walls are adorned with pictures of my children at different stages of their lives. Smaller frames spread around the house hold pictures of other members of my family. Taking pictures is my addiction, but I make no apologies. My addiction has produced some of my most valuable and priceless treasures. These treasures remind me of Godís goodness and blessings.

There is the family portrait over the fireplace that greets us with smiles each day. The mantle holds two tri-fold frames. One holds images of my three children in their graduation attire from pre-k. The other, right next to it, displays the most recent school pictures. As I update the latter, I find myself looking back at the older photos and noticing the changes that are hard to discern in the day to day.

These two dimensional images are my memories frozen in time. Each comes with its own story. Although I cannot relive those moments, the pictures transport my mind to the past as I flip through a photo box or album. As much as I love the photos for myself, I also enjoy sharing these snippets of our lives with friends and family. The post office must love me as I mail these envelopes of frozen time both near and far. But what good is a memory if you canít share it with others?

Rather than fight this addiction, I revel in it and rejoice each time I am sidetracked by a picture on the wall or a photo album lying on a table. For a few minutes I allow myself to be taken back to the past and remember the moment that the picture represents. I praise God for these small reminders of how precious life is and how quickly things change. Thanks to Him I can capture the highlights of life and also the day to day activities that make each day special.


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LauraLee Shaw07/17/08
Oh my, how convicting to think about all my pictures that need organizing!!!! So true, though. Each one holds a very precious memory.
Joy Faire Stewart07/18/08
So true that photos are a treasure and you said it so well. I enjoyed this piece on topic. Good job!