S: TOGETHER JULY 2012
34: I had a cousin, F. A. Brown, who died recently while in his eighties. Mom and I attended his funeral in West Monroe and then visited his wife, Grace, at her home. They always liked me and treated me special. F. A. took me with him to visit Grace who had gone to see her family in St. Louis. I was about age ten and I saw television for the first time while there. I discretely took pictures of the graveside ceremony and then at Grace's home and sent copies of the prints to her. Randy, their eldest son, reciprocated by graciously sending me a disk with pictures F.A. had taken of me about sixty years ago. I was so excited to see what not only I looked like but what my home, yard, neighborhood and family members looked like. The experience of seeing those old pictures proved to me once again the value of recording our lives by means of photography. I told mom while making this album that for some reason I've always had a passion to learn about and to record our history by word and print. I hope this album does just that and perhaps sixty years from now you will recall what life was like when the future seemed eternal and we were "Together July 2012".