From all of the reading I have done on the topic of happiness, the most common theme, if not the most important factor in our happiness is the number of quality relationships in our lives. Generations ago, such relationships were easy to come by. People were very likely to be surrounded by their extended family as they grew up.
These days, many families live far apart, and family reunions are few and far between, often non-existent, it seems. But everybody still wants to belong, and family ties are just as important as they ever were.
Uncles have a unique and important role to play in families. The uncle role is especially important for men who are unmarried and don’t have children of their own. Bachelor uncles can bring another varied influence into a child’s’ lives. It’s hard to describe, but “undomesticated masculine energy” is the closest I have heard this role being described as.
So this week’s post is dedicated to Uncle Ken.
There are a few, Portrait a Week options out there. A lot involve taking a portrait of your children each week. Jodi over at Che and Fidel has inspired me to pick up my camera and turn the focus inward. Since I already take 100s of photos of my children each week, so I thought I would twist the idea a little. What I never seem to get is group shots, images of the family together, whether it is my two children, Tamika and Jarvis, or me with the kids, or shots of Justin and I. So I am going to challenge myself to get one image of "my family" per week.