I returned to one of my favorite themes and got all new surprises.
My groups went off on fun tangents about, camera shyness and the word photogenic. We talked about photo albums and captured memories and those days before lives were documented with selfies and Facebook postings.
There was one photo question that brought about the most thought. "Is there a photo you always wished that you had?"
Some answered quickly and others had to think a while. It turns out there were many memories that we all wish had been captured in a photo. It was touching to hear the descriptions of moments or people or events that were described. Betty helped us imagine a picture of herself, standing in her grandparents' store, staring at the candy counter... waiting for Grandfather's voice... "Go ahead and pick something."
It was a wonderful reminder that we can bring snapshot images to our heads. We don't have to own pictures of everything. Even without photos, the images are still with us.
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.