while living in santa fe, one of my favorite pastimes was perusing estate sales. many of the furnishings in our house are from santa fe estate sales, but one of our best finds was an old movie projector and a collection of home movies from the 50s. the movies were breathtaking - the colors, the motion, the brevity of shots at a time when film was precious. beautiful images of a baby's first steps, of holidays past, of alaskan cruises, and disneyland adventures - all silent save for the click click clicking of the projector. i cried upon watching the movies. they were so stirring that, with a friend's help, ian sought out the family so we could give the home movies back to them. we did score and get to keep this family's old slide projector and slides. we pulled the collection out on a rainy day and marveled at the pictures on the screen. they are beautiful photos not of people, but of places - slides of travels in a europe that no longer exists.
it made me long for prague, for europe, for the past. and it made me grateful that we have travel in our future.