Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Random Photo Wednesday: "Happy" New Year

I am officially declaring Wednesdays "Random Photo Wednesdays." I'm going to choose a picture from my many folders at random, and write about it. So here's the first one... Leave Comments!

Although the date on the picture says "2007.12.30," it was really taken on New Year's Day 2008. This is my Nana's breakfast. I have no idea why I took this picture, but I kept it because I'm a hoarder--I can't get rid of anything. I have homework assignments from the fifth grade because I might "need" them one day. I know I'll never use them, but I keep them anyway. But about the picture...

I think I'd like it more if it were cropped right above the hand, cutting out the soda bottle in the background. As far as memories go, this picture reminds me of a lot--the whole beginning of 2008.
On New Year's Eve, everyone was together, having a great time with Jell-O shots and board games. But a few days after this picture was taken, my Nana's living room went up in flames. The whole house was damaged by smoke, windows were broken, mirrors--mistaken for windows--were smashed. Priceless gifts and photos were lost or ruined. No one was hurt, but their cat Jasper died. Everyone was a mess. My grandparents stayed in a hotel room and an apartment for about six months before they were able to return home. On the bright side, their house turned out really nice in the end.
Within a few weeks after that first fire, there were two more. For the third, one of my uncles was arrested. There's a whole lot more to the story, but to make it short, we'll just say that 2008 was off to a rocky start... that never really became smooth.

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