514 Snapshot

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Rosie & Adam circa 1986

This im­age has been on my About page for years. Before that, as ev­i­denced by the crinkly, thumb­tack-bestabbed bor­der of the pho­tograph, it was on my bul­letin board for years. It was taken at my first home, 514 Franklin Street, in Connersville, Indiana.

There’s a spe­cial place in my heart for this photo, de­spite the com­pletely in­cor­rect white-bal­ance. Rosie, my bea­gle, was my boon com­pan­ion for 10 years. I still re­mem­ber the mo­ment this was taken, the con­crete on this side porch was al­ways cold and slightly damp, I could feel it through my sock-feet, and the sand­stony grit un­der my hands. I’ve got my arm locked around Rosie so she would be forced to look at the cam­era for the photo.

There were al­ways slugs on the side­walk.