Weekly Photograph Challenge: Treasure

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

I didn’t post yesterday as not only was I busy (although I could have used that bit of jigsaw time to do a post) I was stumped by what could I photograph or pull from my archives to show treasure. I decided to have the day off.

Naturally I knew immediately what I treasure most. I treasure my husband, my family (which includes my dog) and friends and I definitely treasure memories. I would like to say I treasure every moment but realistically that is not true but I do treasure many moments and the emotions that go with those moments.  On the whole I treasure life.

I don’t tend to treasure things. I have objects which are memory prompts and it is the memories I treasure rather than the item. Considering the amount of clutter I have I wonder if this is actually true or whether it is my brain telling me that is how I would like it to be.

My husband and I had a discussion yesterday morning about the unreality of the thoughts of people we know such as my mother at 85 on a walker and struggling to walk any distance at all saying “I’m not disabled” “I’m not old.” We tried to find what facet of our lives we were fooling ourselves about. Perhaps this is mine.

Back to the subject – It is an easy challenge to show with photographs in this case. I could put my entire archive in a slide show however after the first couple of thousand you would be feeling how I used to when being forced to watch my grandfather’s slide show of their European trip. I was filled with dread at just the prospect so I won’t do that. Instead I have symbolically photographed the treasure chest, first found, then opened as this challenge did for me. Initially closed but when opened all those treasures of memories and love and scenes came spilling out.


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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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18 Responses to Weekly Photograph Challenge: Treasure

  1. M. R. says:

    That’s the only one I’ve seen that actually homes in on ‘treasure’ per se!


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  4. A beautifully written post. I agree with you. I do treasure my family but they don’t treasure any photos I take of them. 😀


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  6. garden98110 says:

    Yes. In regard to the practice of the imagination, the practice of combining our own images and words, to share, is a tremendous exercise of cognition. These artifacts (snaps, blogs & posts, paintings &c.), especially those combining the refinement of our imaginations with the strength of our cognition, seem the most universal.

    The exercise of our imaginations seems effortless and enjoyable. Training our cognition, with or without a muse, is an incremental and arduous task. To present a map for others to our creative selves begs cooperation from our imaginations and cognition. The gates to this domain unlock with the keys of acceptance for that which we would otherwise deny.

    In the Healing Garden, these products of collaboration between our creative imagination and cognitition gain refinement and greater universal appeal as we grow and heal. And reach through, and beyond our personal and human denial. — The Healing Garden gardener


  7. Glynis Jolly says:

    Irene, you got me thinking about what I’m not honest about, especially with myself. I want to believe that I’m an easy person to live with. The truth is I’m a challenge for most people. They don’t know how I’ll react on any given subject.

    I really like this post a lot. 🙂


    • Thanks Glynis, Yes it is so easy to see where others fool themselves but much harder to recognise what you are fooling yourself about, after all we are human and we have to like ourselves. I think though that admitting to yourself the truth, taking the blinkers off, does allow you to look at changes you can make and perhaps look at why you are like that and deal with a totally different thing leading to the result you want.
      If you were here I’d give you a hug. 😀💜


  8. ideflex says:

    our imaginations are definitely the treasure chest of many memories! Thanks for the ping back.


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