One of my projects this summer is to take my parents' photo albums and try to put them into new, clean albums in chronological order as best I can even though Mom and Dad aren't here for me to ask questions. How I wish I had asked more questions when they were alive. We looked at photos together, but usually focused on our own family and not pictures before my parents were married. Most of the photos are blank on the back side so I have no clue about people or places.
This photo is a mystery. It isn't that interesting. But I still wonder about it.
Who took it?
What is it? (besides the obvious)
What is behind the rock wall?
When was it taken?
Where was it?
Why was it taken?
Was it a special place? Did they just happen on it and think what a lovely picture this would be? I don't think pictures were taken then so casually as they are today because it cost money for film and developing. Therefore, I think it has some special meaning.
Both my parents lived in the country in small town, Arkansas. When we were kids, we visited our relatives often and on the drive between one set of grandparents in one town and the other set in another town 30 miles apart, we would pass through a place that really was nothing ... no buildings, no homes, just a dip in the road and a sign that read "Spring Valley." At that point my parents would look at each other and say "Spring Valley."
Hmmmm. I think this picture is set somewhere in Spring Valley. Maybe they were just visiting the site and remembering the people who had lived in this place. Maybe they sat under the shade of that tree holding hands as they talked about their future together. Maybe they talked about where they would live, what they would do, how many children they wanted to have. Who knows? All I know is the picture has no meaning except to them. I will never know. My aunt did not know. She said if it were her, she would just throw it away. But I will save it and put it in with the photos I have of their courtship.