A family vacation from 1972. A family of planners. A family of savers. A family willing to sacrifice for what may have been a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to the Mediterranean Sea, to England, to Innsbruck, to Germany. A family of dreamers. A family long gone and their dreams, their memories, their carousels sit unwanted on a shelf in a Goodwill store.
These carousel slide trays contain eighty slides each, eighty images. One hundred-sixty images someone captured in 1972 because they wanted to bring a piece of the vacation back with them. They wanted to remember a wonderful time with their family. These one hundred-sixty images, each speaking a thousand words to someone connected to these photographs.
I have no connection to these images, to these memories, to these hopes, and dreams. It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words. Seeing these boxes of memories, abandoned and unwanted on the shelf of a Goodwill store speaks one word to me: sadness. And I understand perfectly. Perhaps someday someone will ponder my carousel of life.