But this Christmas, I received a present that has topped all the presents I have received over the last couple decades of my life. My uncle who came to my house for Christmas, brought my great grandfather's World War I photo album that I only found out it existed just a couple months ago. I learned of it while talking with my grandparents and one of them made a casual remark about a picture in that album. When I asked where it was and learned that it had been given to my great uncle and passed onto my uncle, I made a note to ask him about it the next time I saw him.
[Side note here. I inherited a number of World War I pictures of my great grandfather from my great uncle (grandfather's brother) upon his death and have always cherished those pictures greatly. But I thought those dozen pictures were all that existed... that is until recently.]
This Christmas with my grandparents in town, we were selected to host the Christmas gathering and my uncle was going to come down as well. I was planning on asking him about the album during that time however he arrived with the album already in possession. I had to take a few deep breaths because it was much larger than I had anticipated and full of pictures of World War I and my great grandfather. My uncle left the album with me to digitize so that I can pass those pictures on to others in my family and with the promise that I will return the album back to him when finished.
I am overjoyed and ecstatic. It is kind of like winning the lottery. I feel like I have just received a beautiful gold chain for my prized pocket watch as in the Gift of the Magi. I am itching to start scanning those photos and digesting them one at a time like a thrilling book and I'm sure many might make it onto this blog. But for the immediate future, it must wait as other more pressing things occupy my time. Hopefully soon in this new year I can dig into this labor of love.
|One of my favorite pictures of my great grandfather during World War I that I inherited from my great uncle.|