Flashback Friday: Valentine’s Day

Yeah. I kinda scared her with this picture. I still wonder how I didnt scare her away.
Yeah. I kinda scared her with this picture. I still wonder how I didn’t scare her away.

It’s time to pause the movie-themed Flashback Fridays and recognize the reason everyone is wearing red, Papa John’s is selling heart-shaped pizzas,  and a dozen roses suddenly costs $25 (or more) at the big box stores. That’s right: Valentine’s Day.

But before we get to the song, I’ve gotta explain the picture first. On one of our first dates, Christy and I hiked Buffalo Mountain. While we were on the trail, I quickly put my arm around her and snapped a picture. As you can see, I kind of startled her.

Now, while working at Philmont, I picked up the habit of grabbing random, unclaimed cameras and taking pictures of myself. I snapped dozens of pictures each summer. Those poor souls who have those pictures now…

Many visitors to Philmont Scout Ranch have been blessed to have pictures similar to this one.
Many visitors to Philmont Scout Ranch have been ‘blessed’ to have pictures similar to this one.

I continued the practice once I came back to civilization at Milligan. I didn’t pick up random cameras, though. I usually made sure I knew who the person was. Sometimes, I’d grab one of my friends and I’d take a picture of the two of us. Sometimes, it was just a picture of myself.

This one was from Sarah Turbyfield’s camera. I’m sure she appreciated it.

So I got in the habit of taking pictures of myself. It just made sense to take a picture of myself with Christy. Guess I should have warned her.

I’ll probably get in trouble for posting that picture.

The song is a special one for me and Christy. If we had “our song,” this was one of them. It’s rather apropriate for Valentine’s Weekend, don’t you think?

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Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

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