#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Photo (2023)

It’s good that this topic comes up every year in the 52 Ancestors project, because there’s always another photo that needs its story told. Here’s my favorite for this year:

I took this photo on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2006, in front of my parents’ home. English ivy covers the southwest corner of the house, the wall of my old bedroom, and the flower bed on the corner has several azalea bushes My parents, Zenova and Bill Hahn, wanted a photo for the church directory, and I thought the flowers and greenery would provide the perfect backdrop.

To the left is the photo I set out to take that sunny Sunday. It’s a fairly standard portrait on the second to last Easter we had with my dad. We knew he had cancer. He would pass away one year and eight days later.

My parents loved each other very much, and my dad was always very demonstrative. When he leaned over and gave her a peck on the cheek, I snapped a picture.

At first, my mom didn’t care for it. Her hair was mussed up and it was kind of silly. I, of course, wasn’t about to delete it, and as time went on, my mother came to love the photo of the kiss.

It’s a special moment that puts a smile on my face every time I think of it.

If you’re interested in playing along with the 52 Ancestors challenge, check out the list of prompts for this year at Amy Johnson Crow’s website. You can sign up to get weekly reminders to preserve your family stories, or just write at your own pace. However you do it, take some time to save and share your pictures and stories, so they will be around for future generations.


About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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