Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Frozen in time, my family forever!

You’re probably wondering what I am going to be commenting on today and it is very simple. As someone who has managed to build a memory bank of thousands of images, my bank may not be any different than the ones built by others, but here is the difference. Whereas the mainstream person can recall their memories through photos and pictures, the only recall method that I have at my disposal is my memory. You see, I can no longer see photos and pictures. Since losing most of my vision over seven years ago, I have spent hundreds of hours carefully constructing a very special type of memory bank in mind. One where I have frozen certain images of my family in my mind forever.

I know that since I lost most of my vision the kids have grown up and my family has grown older, but that’s okay! The images that I have frozen shall never change and whenever I need to, I can do an instant recall and bring them into full focus. Neat, aye? Now, let me share some of them with you.

First there is my beloved Granny; I never got to see her in reality because she died before I gained my vision. So, I have pictures to help me. Granny with a full head of cotton white hair, Granny in her golden dress, Granny with rosy red cheeks sitting between my beloved dogs Lion and Tiger.

Mom, forever ingrained in my memory in her lovely turquoise dress at my graduation. Mom, standing in front of me in her bathing suit ever so graceful and ladylike. Mom, standing over me putting the eye drops into my eyes and when I looked up I realized that I looked just like her! Mom, doing a pirouette in front of me and a shoulder stand beside me! She shall forever be young and beautiful!

Dad! My hero! In his grey suit at my graduation. Dad, walking beside me on the beach. Dad, standing over me looking on as mom put eye drops into my eyes. I realize that I do not look like him. Dad! Sitting beside me as I read the headlines in the Montreal Star newspapers. Dad, taking pictures of me as I stood among the gorgeous red poinsettia flowers at Christmas.

There are so many others but I’ll end with these.
My elder brother Robert in his pilot’s uniform. My twin brother Jeff in his suit on his wedding day. Marcus in a Montreal Canadiens hockey outfit. Martha in a purple snow suit. Ruth in her sexy bathing suit when she was a teen. Thadd all dressed up for church, just a wee lad. Christian and Jason at the beach as wee lads in their bathing trunks. Gayle and Charmaine dressed for dinner when Dad turned 60 and in so many family photos.

Ah, yes! I can go on and on but I’ll stop here. I think that by now you have the picture. Frozen in time, my family forever!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day and inviting you to go out there and share my images with others.

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