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Welcome back. We took the summer off to refresh ourselves and enjoy some time with our families. Because we haven’t spent too much time with them the past 19 months…

Lately, when I have a moment from my hectic schedule, I find time to look at my Facebook memories. Sometimes there are check-ins to a restaurant that I had a great meal at. There are pictures of my kids, and I think about how they probably drove me bonkers that day. There are old posts that friends starting commenting on and it makes me smile. 

My wife is a huge pictures person. Fuck, she has like 40,000 pics on her phone. It takes hours to get her a new phone just to upload all of them.  She also has albums. I mean pile them high albums. I rip on her all the time. But sometimes I regret not being that person. 

Has social media become our new photo album? Our new memory maker?

In the past, I have written about friends that post 800 pics from their vacation. Is this a little overzealous? Yes. But when you think about it, checking into a place when you are away, makes sense. If you have a great meal there you will be reminded of it every now and then. 

I was never a big picture guy. Probably because of my lack of handsomeness.  Plus, guys didn’t bring cameras to the bar in the ’90s. We didn’t want our friends to kick our asses. 

Once I started having kids, I think that all changes. You can be sitting around and your son finds a sex toy in your drawer and starts holding it up. That’s a great Kodak moment. Just not a social media moment. 

As a dad, I always want to get a picture of my boys together. It’s nearly impossible to get them both to look at me and smile good at the same time. Brady likes to open his mouth wide and Cameron is like me, a little uncomfortable around a camera. He always has a look on his face like someone told him his fly is down. 

Sometimes I have to beg them or even promise them something just to get them to take the picture. Total bullshit.  They know they own me when it comes to picture time.  But these are my memories and I’ll keep giving in to them because when I scroll through my memories on Facebook and I see one of those pictures, you better believe it puts a smile on this proud daddy’s face.  

Native New Yorker, now living in Connecticut. Husband, and father of two amazing boys. Kidney transplant recipient, and a big supporter of organ donation #donatelife. Mortgage banker, but not by choice. In my free time, I enjoy golf, reading (especially presidential biographies), and finding that hole in the wall restaurant that has great food.

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