Looking through old family slides, we reminisce about memories and may see characteristics and features that resemble ours in our relatives. This adoptive mother had a realization that she would never know what it was like to have a child that resembled her. Read her story about this moment of reflection and how she feels about having children.
My parents recently moved to a retirement community. Ten years ago, when they moved from our multi-level family home to a somewhat smaller, one-level house, my siblings and I dealt with the accumulation of childhood memorabilia. This recent move necessitated some deeper cuts. There was extra furniture, an abundance of kitchen appliances and utensils, many sets of china, dishes, and glassware, rugs, books, etc. that had to be claimed or donated. There were also 1000s of slides my father had taken, beginning in the 1950s and continuing into the 1980s, to remember his work, his courtship with my mother, each child’s birth and development, extended family gatherings, and a multitude of trips, with and without children. I volunteered to weed through the slides and convert them to digital form.