Daily Archives: October 9, 2014

The Stories We Tell

IMG_9481.JPG The Stories We Tell, 2014 – Michaela Harlow - Pastel on Coldpress, Deckle-Edge Paper, 20″ x 16″

S O L D   –   A R C H I V A L   P R I N T S   A V A I L A B L E

My family’s big events are heavily weighted in October. Today is my parents’ sixtieth wedding anniversary. They met in Germany in the early 50s, married when they were both quite young, and were together for decades before my sister and I were born. My parents could, in fact, easily be my grandparents. In many ways, the story of their marriage is a mystery to me. I’m an intimate witness to less than a third of their years together; when we all lived under the same roof. The first chapter of their history exists for me as a collection of stories. Those early years of their dating and marriage —in the 1950s and 1960s— fascinate me. Sometimes I catch myself gazing upon their wedding photos, wondering who they were then, and who they are now, before and after their children.

Our lives are often so different from the stories we tell.

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