LOSING PRECIOUS PHOTOS IN A FIRE CAN EFFECT A FAMILY IN DEEPER WAYS THAN IMAGINED

toddler

It’s really easy for those of us that aren’t anywhere near fire affected areas to just think how lucky the people are that lost their houses but didn’t lose their lives.  Which is certainly right but in a way it also helps us selfishly move on.

Apart from the sheer terror of thinking that a fire may be coming your way and at worst you might be killed, at the least just threaten but then it moves on, when people do lose their properties, the long term effects from such a devastating event loss can, I believe,  still felt from one generation to the next couple.  And I don’t really think we give this side of things much of a thought.

My father’s family home burnt down when he was a young boy. Not in a bush fire but a fire is a fire.   In a story that you could almost suspect might be made up, my Dad was walking home from school one day, a couple of young mates in tow, as a couple of fire trucks went whooshing past them with the sirens echoing down the street.  “They’re on their way to your place Ian,” one of the kids playfully joked.  Not much notice was taken one can assume apart from a cheeky rebuttal from my Dad.

Ten minutes or so later the kids rounded the corner to my Dad’s home and there were the fire trucks pulled up in front of what used to be his home.  The fire was still blazing and it was clear apparently right then that they were going to lose absolutely everything.

I don’t truly know how Dad felt at that point, let alone the poor kid with him that had found himself in a horrible boy who cried wolf scenario but what I do know is that as of that day, part of my Dad’s childhood story went up in flames for the simple fact that every single photo that had ever been taken of him and the rest of the family was destroyed right there and then.

I never got to know his Mum or his Dad so I don’t know the effect it had on either of them, losing every photographic memory of their kids when they were little but I imagine the grief of that must have haunted them a lot.

Being the young kid that Dad was, I’d imagine he might have been disappointed about losing some of his toys or things that really could have been replaced once the insurance had come through, but I doubt he’d have thought ‘One day I’ll have a son and daughter and I’ll never be able to show them the child that I was.”

And the reason that can have long term effect is that I could never picture my Dad as anything younger than how I remember him when I launched myself into the world.  So as far back as I can remember him mainly swanning around in a pair of shorts, often no top and smoking a packet of Rothman’s with dangerous regularity.

As is life, and in my case from a broken family, down the track you start to get cranky or damaged by things you felt should have been done better from your parent to you.  So you just keep hanging on to that story of how everything was about you.

One photo of my Dad as a toddler sitting on the beach turned up a year or so ago.  It stirred something in me that maybe would have happened years ago if that fire hadn’t deleted my Dad’s visual story.  I could see that once upon a time he too was little. It gave me huge empathy towards him and was unbelievably healing.

So yes it’s a blessing when fire doesn’t claim any physical victims, but the loss of items like all someone’s family photos can have major long term impact.

51 thoughts on “LOSING PRECIOUS PHOTOS IN A FIRE CAN EFFECT A FAMILY IN DEEPER WAYS THAN IMAGINED

  1. Your blog post today really resonates with me, and has me thinking more deeply about the impact of the loss of memories (photos or images in our mind)… losing all of someone’s photos vs losing all of someone’s memories… There is now a new blog burning brightly in the back of my mind! Thank you (I think???)

  2. Hi Amber, I work in a photo shop and I have met many people who have experienced the loss of family photos through fires, floods, or the theft of laptops and phones. Scanning and digitising family photos – and giving copies to family members is the only way you can ensure your precious family photos and their accompanying memories won’t be lost. Thank you Amber for reminding us of the power of photography and the importance of making back-up copies for future generations.

  3. An excellent idea, we recently lost years of photos on a portable hard drive unit. Went to a specialist and they could not guarantee if they could retrieve them. We’re going to charge over $400 just to look at it, then another $1500 to retrieve if possible. So of course we decided not to go ahead. Looks like we will have to start all over again, this time with a duplicate copy each time.

  4. Movie Stream launches as a full screen browsing experience and takes
    you directly to the Apple – Movies. Places like Goodwill and Salvation Army include a small craft section.
    As the world becomes a global workplace, the aspiration and demands from commercial business park
    is also changing.

  5. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve
    discovered It positively useful and it has helped me out loads.
    I hope to contribute & aid different customers like its aided me.
    Good job.

  6. Getting your teenager to wear the right colours for her is
    another way to boost her confidence. So, you go and buy that new laundry detergent or that new milk brand.
    If you save 10% of your every day shopping with coupon, the total saving your money for
    long term is not accountable.

  7. This article has been flagged as spam, if you think this is an error
    please contact us. This gives a chance to save a lot
    on your monthly billing. A woman who loves to mix and expressing in each of her looks,
    trends for the spring season that emphasizes the contrasts
    and transports into a world as the evolution of decoration baroque.

  8. 281917 887766I discovered your weblog internet web site on bing and appearance several of your early posts. Preserve up the really excellent operate. I just now additional the RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking toward reading far a lot more on your part down the road!

  9. If you keep you and your home or your office clean all
    the while you must use some specific things that
    can easily combat dirt smartly with an elegant style and keep your surroundings
    free from unhygienic intruders. As a result of the volumes of people
    purchasing, the costs associated with producing the product are reduced and this
    is what enables the discount to be offered. So once you are going to purchase WP Robot, ensure
    which you look for the most recent WP Robot discount to even save far more.

  10. A young girl’s body shape, size and height can all change dramatically.
    All you need to do is head to the site, open up a few ASOS
    promo code sites that give you ASOS coupons and more and you could be on your way to fashion heaven sitting pretty in your own home with only an internet connection.
    While the internet has led to a variety of changes in daily life, few have been as far reaching as the impact it has made on global commerce and personal finance.

  11. I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading extremely slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  12. 415383 799681Wow, incredible weblog structure! How lengthy have you ever been blogging for? you produced running a weblog appear effortless. The full appear of your internet site is amazing, effectively the content material! 964103

  13. Hi I am so delighted I found your blog, I really
    found you by accident, while I was looking on Askjeeve for something else, Anyways I am
    here now and would just like to say cheers for a tremendous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design),
    I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I
    have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I
    will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the awesome
    work.

  14. 441430 790187I truly got into this write-up. I discovered it to be fascinating and loaded with distinctive points of interest. I like to read material that makes me believe. Thank you for writing this fantastic content. 445320

  15. 139065 642876Echt tolle Seite. Rubbish bin eigentlich nur per Zufall hier gelandet, aber ich bin jetzt schon complete von der tremendous Seite beeindruckt. Gratuliere dazu!! Viel Erfolg noch durch der sehr guten Home-page mein Freund. 111894

  16. 984094 797526Right after study several the websites on your personal internet web site now, i truly like your indicates of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will also be checking back soon. Pls consider my web-site likewise and tell me what you consider. 58006

  17. 960582 384777If your real buddies know you as your nickname, use that nickname as your very first name online. When you very first friend someone, focus on creating a individual comment that weaves connection. 195165

  18. I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading extremely
    slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a
    problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

Leave a Reply