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What Moment in Your Life Do You Wish Had Been Photograph­ed?

When I paid off my last student loan.

- @MELISSASUE­WHO

#RSLOVE

I always want to remember the beauty in the small moments that make up our days: blowing out birthday candles, dancing with my family in the evening light, or gathering a bucket of summer cherries at the market. @NELLEMONAC­O

The day I went to the ocean, sat on an empty beach, and

decided to start a family on my own.

It was a beautiful day, and I had left my phone in the car, which I never do. Maybe I’ll take a picture when I bring my kids back there one day. @CAKES_HARRINGTON

My grad school graduation.

My mother videotaped the wrong person receiving her diploma! SHELLEY CARLTON, MARYVILLE, TENNESSEE

Years ago, when I was growing up with my four sisters,

our dad flooded half the backyard so we’d have our own skating rink.

We spent hours out there, but I don’t think we have any photograph­s of family and friends skating on the rink. Precious memories, for sure. TONI ECKARDT, CHIPPEWA FALLS, WISCONSIN

The look on my face when I delivered a girl after three boys.

We didn’t know the gender, and I expected a fourth boy. @THEPERSIST­ENT WRITER

The morning of November 2, 1967,

when my parents, three brothers, and I stepped off an airplane from Cuba at Miami Internatio­nal Airport. As a 9-yearold, I had no way of knowing how different our lives would be because of that day. ISORA CARBAJAL RUBLE, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

The moment my daughter tasted her first lemon.

@CHUCKTHEOF­FICIAL

I was an elementary school educator for 32 years.

I wish I had a photograph of myself teaching the students in my first classroom.

That was the beginning of a career that challenged me to be a lifelong learner and gave me much joy. VALERIE GAESSER, KENDALL, NEW YORK

We took our kids on a surprise vacation, and I wish we had pictures of us telling them about it.

Our daughter was beyond excited. Our son was terrified that we didn’t pack enough clothes for the trip. @BNMCKAY13

When I first saw my adopted dog, Teddy.

This dog has caused so many moments of laughter and tears. I thought I knew patience before Teddy—little did I know! There’s no way I could have made it through 2020 without him. SABRINA NICHOLSON, HEREFORD, ARIZONA

All the little things you never realize are the last times.

Sitting around a table, eating a meal and talking; reading a bedtime story when they know all the words. The everyday stuff that builds a life, not just a posed, manipulate­d moment. @AMYKIZAKI

At 41, I earned a black belt in American-style karate.

I have always regretted that my family did not even take a camera to the test. I certainly did not look pretty after hours of grueling exertion, but it would have spoken volumes. SUSAN POWERS-HEALY, KALISPELL, MONTANA

 ??  ?? For sharing this photo with us, @nellemonac­o will receive our new special edition, The Power of Less. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with
#rslove.
For sharing this photo with us, @nellemonac­o will receive our new special edition, The Power of Less. If you want your picture to be considered, tag photos on Instagram with #rslove.

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