Remembering the past

Idealization of times gone by

Days of old

Bittersweet memories


Childhood freedom

Unrestrained laughter

Swinging and hiding and seeking

Discovery and dreams


Longing for what never was

Aching for a past never experienced

In the way it’s remembered


Leaving out the struggle


Faded valentines

Handwritten letters tied in paisley ribbon

Envelopes with abbreviated addresses and one cent stamps peeling at the corner

Albums with velvet covers

Sepia toned portraits

Hiding stories of days gone by

Frozen smiles or frowns

Everyone dressed up in their Sunday best

Portraying ideal families in ideal situations

Their own nostalgia created on a tin photographic plate

Someday someone will long for the days of old

And they will mean today

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