Photographic Memories

Are you a shutterbug? 


I am not referring to photography as art or passion; I am referring to the compulsive need to document every moment of life for posterity.


Pictures are important parts of life, we would know so little about the history of family, country, or culture without them, but sometimes the drive to capture every moment, deprives us of the spontaneity of those moments. 


I used to have Disney passes for my family.  Cannot afford them now, (Kristina heaves heavy sigh), but I have so many memories of the days that I spent there with my kids and my husband.


I have pictures of the kids and I at the big “D” taken by me, but some of the best ones I have were taken by a “Cast Member” and purchased at a souvenir shop.  It is easier that way, and more expensive yes, but if it was important to me, it was worth the money spent.


Disneyland is a great place for observing the way other people recreate, and the ways they document said recreation.  Cameras, video recorders, even cell phones…  I have seen people taking pictures with their phones, and overheard them giving a verbal play by play, to some family member or friend while in line for one ride or another.  Their kids standing impatiently, with vacant eyes… while mom or dad, perhaps wishing they were somewhere else, with someone else, incessantly yaks on their cell. 


Why is it no one can ever stand to be present in the moment they are living, at the moment they are living it?


So much for “The Happiest Place on Earth…”


I spend a lot of time lost in thoughts.  Memories both good and bad, of things I wish I could change, and those that I would not change for a million dollars.  I try to spend more time on the images of wonderful days spent laughing with, and loving my children.  They will never fade, be misplaced, or forgotten. 


Here is a little Rictameter I thought up for the topic of the moment…




Focus sharp, crystal clear

Day after day, year after year

Memories of love, some laughter, and tears

Capture each moment so fleeting

Framed within gray matter

Are my beloved




©2008 Kristina-with a-K

danicpa68   danicpa68 wrote
on 6/16/2008 6:01:50 PM
I love this. I go in spurts with my picture taking. I started when I was 14 and I think I have 20 filled albums now. I loved your rictameter.

StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 6/5/2008 11:27:30 PM
Well said and well done. Especially thr rictameter. It flowed along with your thoughts about memories.

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The poem at the end is Rictameter... Rictameter is an unrhymed poetry form consisting of nine lines and 50 syllables constructed as: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 syllables. The first and last line must be the same word.