Dad’s Encouragement


My folks were not strong on encouraging me or my siblings as we were growing up. I don’t hold this against them or feel anger towards them for this as I know they did the best they could.

It was jus’ the way it was in our family. Yet there was at least one time when Dad came as close to encouragement as he was able.

One evening we were all gathered around the television watching a ’60 Minutes’ segment about a photographer commissioned to create a portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth. As it played, I complained that I wish I could afford an expensive camera so I could take great pictures too.

Dad responded, “You can take pictures like that using the 126 you’ve got if you learn about light and composition.”

As I laid in bed that night, I thought about what he’d said and concluded he was right. I’m still learning about light and composition.

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