This really isn’t an advert for Carbonite but I have never been so grateful for a cloud based back up service. All Carbonite does is constantly back up your entire hard drive, I have 147 Gb of data stashed away somewhere, when my computers were stolen, no matter how much I’d tried to back up locally on hard drives, I would have lost a lot of stuff.
As I restore something like 14,000 pictures that were on my stolen iMac, it’s hard not to spend a moment or two getting a little bit sentimental. My two children are now 16 and 19, they are both on their way into the greater world beyond our family home and our lives are adjusting to the new order.
This picture has rushed me back to the deep joy they brought into my life. I had children relatively late in life, I was 37 when my son was born and 40 when my daughter arrived so I’m a bit behind many of my peers. I have good friends who are already grandparents; I’m hoping to see a few more years before I join them in that role.
This picture was taken in 2000 in Gourde, Southern France when we were staying with friends in their lovely house just outside the town. One morning we walked into the market square, bought some postcards and drew pictures and wrote messages to grandma in Australia and Granny in England. The Mrs took the picture. I think what I love about it is their deep concentration, no doubt the Mrs was saying, ‘hey guys, look over here!’ but they had a job to do.