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Remembrances of children past

This picture ran as a gallery shot in Hampshire life only a few weeks ago.  When trying to choose my favorite picture of the year I kept trying to think of one that would not be so fresh in the readers mind but I kept coming back to this one.  I think it is the full circle of the memory it holds for me.  Many years ago I went to the West Cummington Congregational Church for a service with my husband and oldest son who was just a toddler at the time.  My husband and  I were nervous about going to a service with our very energetic son and hoped he would not make a scene.  Stephen Philbrick, the minister at the time as well as a good friend, assured us all would be well and not to worry.  Well our son crawled all over the church that morning quietly but always moving.  We truly enjoyed the service but I   have occasional  wondered over the last 16 years if our lack of action  had offended or been out of place.  Then there I was photographing at the first service of the West Cummingotn Congregational Church in their new space and there it was my assurance all had been well then and still is.

This picture ran as a gallery shot in Hampshire life only a few weeks ago. When trying to choose my favorite picture of the year I kept trying to think of one that would not be so fresh in the readers mind but I kept coming back to this one. I think it is the full circle of the memory it holds for me. Many years ago I went to the West Cummington Congregational Church for a service with my husband and oldest son who was just a toddler at the time. My husband and I were nervous about going to a service with our very energetic son and hoped he would not make a scene. Stephen Philbrick, the minister at the time as well as a good friend, assured us all would be well and not to worry. Well our son crawled all over the church that morning quietly but always moving. We truly enjoyed the service but I have occasional wondered over the last 16 years if our lack of action had offended or been out of place. Then there I was photographing at the first service of the West Cummingotn Congregational Church in their new space and there it was my assurance all had been well then and still is.

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