We all have faults. Some of them bigger than others. Some we want to keep quiet, tucked away from the eyes of others. Some we don’t mind sharing. Maybe if we find someone who shares the same “fault” we are willing to share, we might feel a little bit better about “failing” in this one area of our lives.
So today I share a fault of mine, and am hoping that someone will tell me they struggle with the same thing, fail in the same way. Of course, there is always the concern that if someone commiserates with me, I might feel less motivated to change. Or you might not commiserate with me and just think that I am really weird.
I love seeing family photographs in frames in someone’s home. The framed photographs can be hung on the walls, placed on furniture, or even stuck up on the refrigerator. The pictures tell a story of the family that lives there.
I love going into my son and daughter-in-law’s house. They have been married 10 years this month, but have photos from their wedding still prominently displayed, along with photos of the birth of their children, days at the park, graduations… just about anything you can think of. If you don’t know them, you can enter their house and read their story.
I, on the other hand, don’t have a lot of family photos hung. Okay, to be honest, since we moved here 3 years ago, I haven’t hung any family photos yet. Partly, in my defense, I want a “family wall” and am gathering photos and frames and getting an idea of how I want the wall designed. But truthfully, there are other frames that I could put pictures in that won’t be part of the “family wall,” yet those frames remain empty.
For example, I have a lovely frame in my office. I love the style, and the color; it goes perfectly with my room. It has a spot for 4 photographs, and it came with 3 images, meant to be replaced, I imagine. This has been hanging in my office for 2 years and 10 months, and…………..here it comes, my confession… I have yet to place one single photograph in the frame. Why? I just don’t like the process of putting pictures in frames. And then if I do want to change the photo, I don’t like taking the old picture out and having to decide what to do with it… where to store it, or file it among my other photos.
I know that sounds lazy. But to put a photo in this frame, I would have to (1) choose what I want to put there, (2) find the photo on my computer, (3) get it printed. THEN I would actually have to take the back off the frame, put the picture in the frame, and reassemble it. That just seems like a lot of work to me.
But as I type this, it IS a little embarrassing. So maybe I’ll spend some time searching for a photo today to get printed. Maybe.