Family is perhaps the greatest gift any person can receive. It’s like having friends that HAVE to tolerate you because you share flesh and blood and if they don’t like you it’s like they don’t like themselves. Of course, some families are much closer than others. My family is exceeding close. Not because some horrible tragedy drove us together and made us realize the greatest treasure of all is the love we have for each other. No, my family is close because we all love card and board games. And due to this, when I told them I would be taking various photos of them over the weekend, perhaps even some more unflattering moments, they opposed violently rather than giving me a flat out no like most people. I was able to sway my parents with the ‘ol “it’s for a grade” card, and my older brother was told he had to stay at his apartment if he didn’t want his photo taken so that won him over and my poor little brother was left with no choice but to accept. With my family begrudgingly accepting their new roles as subjects of my photographic inspiration, the next thing I needed to do was travel home which I planned to do over the next weekend.
Now, some people might be wondering what the point of photographing an average middle-class white family from the 21st century is. Well, I’m glad they thought it because the answer is quite simple. Documentation, my dear reader. Have you ever looked at a fallen ancient civilization and wish you knew what the families were doing with their time to have it fall like that? Even if you answered no, you might still be sympathetic to the historian’s plight as they try and try again to piece together just how Babylonians were spending their days off. I’m simply here trying to make their job ten times easier by documenting and captioning all of the photos. Of course if English is lost by this time, it may end up being useless. But I like to think I may still lend a hand in helping future historians find out what we did in our spare time so they know not to make the same mistakes and their own civilization can continue on to a new golden age far in the future. And if none of that happens, then my family is still pretty zany to look at.
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