What Moment in Your Life Do You Wish Had Been Photographed?
When I paid off my last student loan.
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.
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