For this week’s post I spoke to my father. He said that he would represent our relationship with a picture of our entire family fishing. He got very specific, getting a little lost in the activity, saying that he thought the picture would best be taken in the Adirondacks, on a lake, with the family either in a boat or on a dock.
I found this a little shocking because this is not at all what I thought of. I personally was thinking that my father and I’s relationship would be best represented by a picture of the two of us in front of the hardware store that my father owned and operated up until this past July. I have numerous childhood pictures of us spending time together there, and looking through the pictures you can see me growing up.
Discussing our ideal pictures a little more, I realized the common ground in our visualizations. We both were basing our imagined photograph’s off of pictures of us together when I was a child.
In an effort to capture both of these concepts in one picture, I took a picture of my dad as soon as he got home from his new job (we couldn’t actually go to the store he used to own) holding some childhood pictures of him and I doing things together, such as fishing.
I think through this I learned that my dad and I view our relationship differently. While he mostly remembers the recreational things that he was able to do with me, I remember him as a business owner, something I have always been proud of him for. I don’t think either one of us is wrong in how we see our relationship, but instead it has to do with our perspectives.