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09/29/2010

We Both Are Smiling

Yesterday was the launch of the brand spanking new First Person Museum website- www.firstpersonmuseum.org. An exciting piece of the First Person Museum project, the website allows anyone to be a part of the museum by uploading stories, including photos and video, to the site. You can choose a story theme and object type to accompany your entry, like Growing Up and My Wheels.

Each week, I’ll feature a story from the website on the First Person blog. This week, I want to put the spotlight on Nathan from Chicago. I met Nathan at the Festival de Flores in one of Norris Square’s beautiful neighborhood gardens. I was there talking about the Museum and Nathan was one of the folks who filled out a postcard in exchange for one of our cute tote bags. His story was so moving that I asked him to send us a photo of his object – which actually was a photo, of him and his mother – for the website, which he did.

We Both are Smiling.
Theme: To Remember You By
Object Type: Always By My Side

I don’t have a very good memory in general, and my long-term memory is pretty bad. Without pictures I generally don’t remember much. One of the things I don’t remember very well is my mother, who died when I was 14 from breast cancer. Most of my memories are of her being sick, or of a general desire not to be around much near the end. So the photo my mother’s friend sent me during the first month of my freshman year of college has become one of the best “memories” I have of her. In the photo my mom is healthy with a full head of hair, holding me aloft at age 2 or so. We both are smiling, and there is such joy in the photo that having it to look at whenever I need to smile has been a blessing.

See his official entry. Read more stories at firstpersonmuseum.org.

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