Mom’s Boxes Part 4: Grandma’s Lawn Chairs

I wrote this blog post for The Photo Managers (when it was called APPO), but it’s essentially Mom’s Boxes Part 4, since I found most of the photos in Mom’s boxes.

Photos keep memories alive. And they tell the story of a family over time. They show how it grew and how it changed. Some people have the forethought to mark the passage of time by taking photos of their kids each year wearing the same outfit (oversized at the outset), or standing next to a fixed object. And sometimes everyday objects in a family’s life seem to inadvertently bear witness to these changes for us.

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How have you intentionally marked the passage of time using photos?

How have the everyday objects in your family’s lives inadvertently done that for you?

Please share in the comments below!


Mom’s Boxes Part 1: The shed

Mom’s Boxes Part 2: Panning for gold

Mom’s Boxes Part 3: Trip down memory lane

Mom’s Boxes Part 4: Grandma’s Lawn Chairs

Mom’s Boxes Part 5: The Old Man of the Mountains

Mom’s Boxes Part 6: Sometimes Organizers Need Help Too!

Mom’s Boxes Part 7: Sharing Family History with My Family

Mom’s Boxes Part 8: The Gangster Hideout

Mom’s Boxes Part 9: Mom’s Good Silverware

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  1. Janet Schiesl on July 5, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    I remember reading your series when it first came out. I love how you documented what seems like an endless job.

    • Hazel Thornton on July 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Thanks, Janet! It’s such an endless job that it’s been on the back burner now for a couple of years while I’m writing a new book…and dealing with the pandemic like everyone else…

  2. Julie Bestry on July 5, 2021 at 10:51 pm


    • Hazel Thornton on July 7, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Uh, oh. Knowing you, Julie, this was a really good comment that something bad happened to.

  3. Linda Samuels on July 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    I love when people have the presence of mind to document in the way you described. We were never that disciplined and tended to take candid photos- still do.

    However, without intentionally doing it, we took photos of the kids (and extended family) as they grew- the setting was in front of my husband’s vintage sign collection in our greenhouse. And there’s one sign in particular where you can see how the kids are growing from year to year. They aren’t as tall as the sign in the early photos, and now they tower over it. We also have a lot of photos of the extended family taken in that same spot.

    It would be fun to collect them all in one place and view THEM as a collection.

    • Hazel Thornton on July 7, 2021 at 10:45 am

      That’s an excellent example of what I was talking about in the post, Linda. I hope you do it and show it to me!

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