It’s week 21 and the prompt from Sally at The Studio Sublime for the photo challenge this week is “Reminisce.”
I must admit that I had some trouble with this one. When we sold everything we owned and moved into the fifthwheel trailer to travel around the country I kept very little. I gave anything that had sentimental value to my brothers. The few things I kept for myself were my Christmas ornaments, some jewelry and a couple of knickknacks. There just wasn’t room in the trailer for 20 years of accumulated life so I had to be very judicious in what I chose to take with me and most of what I took served a purpose.
I did, though take this little guy. I bought him on my high school trip to France when I was a junior (16 yrs old). It was quite an experience for me and it was a major expense for my parents. I had very little spending money and couldn’t buy very many souvenirs.
I didn’t realize it at the time but I’ve since developed a serious love for gargoyles and have had them in all my houses since I got married. My little friend here – a replica of one of the gargoyles on Notre Dame de Paris was my first but most decidedly not my last.
When I pass him on my bookshelf I remember that wonderful trip. My time with my school friends; one of whom is still my best friend to this day. I remember the glory of Paris, the beauty of the Loire Valley, the magnificence of Mont St. Michel and the kindness of the many shop people in France who patiently listened to a young girl attempting to speak their language.
I don’t have many photos of the trip as it was taken in the “olden days” before the time of digital cameras. Film and developing were expensive. You took many photos and the bulk of them were useless; out of focus or poorly framed. I so want to go back but I doubt it’s in the cards for me.
So I reminisce.
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