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Saturday, July 4, 2009

An Independence Day tradition

Most families take Christmas photos. We took 4th of July photos. Ever since I can remember, I spent the 4th of July (and in later years a random day in September) wearing a patriotic hat, waving an American flag and smiling for the camera for our annual 4th of July family photo. There were the early years when my Dad could do no wrong as the apple of my eye and I gladly shouted my best "Cheese!" There were the teenage years when nothing could be dorkier than hugging your sister with a Statue of Liberty crown on your head posing for the camera. And there were the later years when plans, college, and travelling pushed the 4th of July photo to the fall, or the spring of the following year, or just never.

There was something about this tradition that made my Dad so incredibly happy. Was it the goofy grins? Did he enjoy hearing my infamous whining? Was it the pat on the back from my grandmother (she's the one to blame for the birth of this tradition)? I may have, in the words of my father, "pissed and moaned" about taking the 15 minutes to shoot it every summer, but I cherish now being able to look back over the sequence of images and hold onto pieces from my past. Each speaks volumes about who we all were as individuals over the years, and boasts more character than any Christmas card photo!

Perhaps Kim will kill me for posting this shot of us, taken after biking up and down hill around Rottnest Island off the western coast of Australia. It's the last 4th of July photo we took, during my July 2007 trip to Perth to visit her. This one would fall under the category of the "later later years" when I came full circle as Daddy's little suck-up. I knew he would be impressed if I e-mailed him this photo without his asking. And sure enough, he was. We can take them now until we're blue in the face, but there will always be a missing piece.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July....


Anonymous July 7, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

Love the photo! just thankful you didn't post one from when I was 10 when all I did was frown in them :-) Happy belated 4th

Anonymous July 8, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

Such a sweet post, you made me cry. I hope you guys had a great 4th.

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About Kelly Tarleton

I've always been a creative person, and the one who always had a camera on-hand at a moment's notice for any occasion. Photography and graphic design dominated my life in school and I loved every minute of it. I miss that constant creative outlet and want to share more of it with my family and friends through this blog.See more of my work at my website:

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