I scratched my head when I read that the guys who started AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com got a two-book deal…
Well, what do ya know? When the first book was published, it made the New York Times bestseller list.
The franchise now includes a board game, calendars, and tee-shirts.
I guess it’s a great sign about people when they can laugh at themselves.
In my opinion, these authors deserve all the success they can get. They’re mining a treasure trove of our worse memories: those incidents most of us have hoped were buried deeper than between two sheets of acetate and under the bed, up in the closet, or down in the cellar.
For me, that includes every bad hairdo and fat phase.
For my kids, I’m sure it’s every and any photo in which they are standing beside my husband Martin and me.
Martin knows no such qualms. He never changes! His photos must be in the attic on some paranormal easel that keeps him looking perpetually a decade younger.
If and when I flip through my old childhood photo albums, a few of the snapshots might actually make me wince because of the event where it was taken. The picture wasn’t as bad as some off-hand remark that was made that day, some hurt feeling incurred. When we’re younger, we’re more sensitive. We haven’t had time to develop such thick skins.
It’s why I worship La Mer. Softens the face, if not the heart.
I take a lot of pictures with my digital camera. Sometimes I post them online. In all honesty, it’s been a while since I’ve had any printed out. You can’t even do it anymore in my local CVS. I have to run to the store-formerly-known-as-Kinkos to do that these days, and that’s just too much of a bother. Yeah, yeah, I know: I can always uplink them to an online printing source, but truth be, I miss the shock and awe of picking through the bad ones.
Do you still have your old photo albums? If so, what do you think are the chances they’ll outlast you as your legacy?
Let’s play Future Shock: Will our photo legacies live, in perpetuity, online?
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