A Thing of Value


Photo Copyright: Ted Strutz

Here we are again and this week we’re gathered around a basket of old photos. We’ve come together to discuss our original stories for the week. This is the Friday Fictioneer’s group. Our hostess for the gathering is the talented and gracious author and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The challenge for each of us this week and every week is to write a story with no more than 100 words, not counting the title. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and be inspired by the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was provided by Ted Strutz. Thanks, Ted. To read the other stories by group members, just click on the link below, then on the smiling frog. Next, follow the given direction.

11 October 2019

Genre: Memoir

Word Count: 98 Words

A Thing of Value By P.S. Joshi


We had three types of photos when I was growing up.

The oldest were those in a shoebox, my mother’s family photos. Then there were my dad’s photos from his time in the U.S. Navy. Next were the newer pictures of my childhood.

When my dad’s mother died, we got really old photos. These were of grandma’s family with women in mutton leg sleeves, and my dad’s and his brother’s childhoods.

There are now my children’s photos and my daughter’s colossal wedding album. The photographers used her wedding pictures in their ads. It was a Halloween theme.





46 thoughts on “A Thing of Value

  1. Dear Suzanne,

    My photos are in such a state of disarray. I used to keep meticulous albums and at some point life got hectic and the new photos ended up in boxes. Now they’re on the computer or my phone.
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely memoir. I can imagine your grandmother’s pictures and your daughter’s wedding sounds like fun.



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    • Thanks, Rochelle. I don’t trust my photos exclusively to the computer as if it goes out on me there go my photos. Some of the photos my children and friends have sent me are on the computer as they sent them that way. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • Thanks, Michael. I have a few photos my mother had with no name on them but it was usually because she didn’t like the people that much as they were relatives by marriage who weren’t related to her. I’ve labeled some photos so my children would know after I’m gone. I’m glad you liked my little memoir. 🙂 — Suzanne


    • I heard everyone had a lot of fun. Many of my daughter’s friends are performers as she’s an actor so they made their own entertainment. I couldn’t make it as I don’t travel well these days but I sent an email that my daughter-in-law read at the wedding. I loved the huge wedding album my daughter sent. I now have the physical pictures to keep. It’s a beautiful album. I’ve never before seen one to match it. The photographers used it in their ads. My daughter ordered three: one for me, one for her husband’s mother, and one to keep. 🙂 — Suzanne


      • Thanks, Keith. I heard the guests at the wedding reception had a lot of fun. My daughter planned the wedding for some time and wanted family members and her friends to come, eat, and have fun. My son and his family, a couple of cousins, and her husband’s whole family went. I sent an email and my daughter-in-law read it. Sayjal loved that. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  2. There is family warmth in this story. A shoebox full of photographs are a great way of sitting together learning the family history and bonding through the generations. I wonder if the digital world can replace those afternoons of tea and old snaps.

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    • Thanks, James. I feel sad when I hear all someones photos are digital. I fear those will be lost in time the same way taped things have been. I have a whole box of old taped movies, etc. but nothing to play them on. If the web goes down there go all the photos stored there. No way would I trust it. Many of the towers are near the coasts that we’re told will flood in time. I’m glad you enjoyed my little memoir. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. Suzanne, this was a lovely memoir. I was so startled at the end that it took me a second to smile at the whimsical approach to your daughter’s wedding 🙂 I hope she didn’t wear a point black hat and come down the aisle on a broom 🙂

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    • Thanks, Linda. It wasn’t the wedding theme I would have chosen as I’m more religious but it was her wedding, she was forty years old, and her boyfriend’s family was okay with it. She was dressed as a Spanish dancer and the wig she wore had large fake flowers attached on top. I’ll show a photo of the two of them with my next story. During the wedding, he wore a high top hat to complete his outfit. I’ve learned themed weddings are very popular these days. —- Suzanne

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  4. Interesting story of the stages of photography. I miss (sort of) the days of albums, but being a traveler tons of photos aren’t easy to carry around. Glad for digital but miss scrapbooking. Too much paper so not good for the environment I suppose. Nice story, Suzanne, and happy anniversary to your daughter.

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