Today I worked on our yearbook ad for Steel. This full page, full color tribute will be in the back of the yearbook that will be distributed at the end of the school year. My last one. I’ve done lots of these before and I always find them bittersweet. There are so many emotions that come up again when you go through old pictures and relive old memories. But this one is special. My last child in high school… a time that I have loved sharing with them.
Picking the pictures for a project like this is really the hardest part. It is so difficult to decide which ones stay and which ones go. You might think of the “perfect” photo and then have a hard time find it, or you hesitate to submit it because the most important photo is yet to be taken. So much to worry about.
I did let Steel review it before I turned it in and an interesting thing happened. He asked me to change a couple of the pictures. He said that there were some pictures that really defined the most important memories that he has of high school… Pictures that I hadn’t even considered. A picture of him and his cousin from last football season, the one time they would play against each other… another of him holding the trophy and being carried off the field after the Holy Bowl victory… The first time he took the field as a Varsity captain… etc. Unforgettable moments that have been captured in time.
I know these pictures. I took them… I know the stories and they are priceless, but my emotions are different than the subject’s and I guess I had never really considered it before today. Each photograph has a different significance to each of us even though it is the same moment in time. I’m going to try to pay more attention. I’m not going to be so quick to delete. Maybe one shot is more defining than another. It’s subjective and up for interpretation by the individuals.