I was sorting through old family photos to get scanned and then send along to nieces and nephews. When I reached the pictures of my youngest sister, Shannon, I set the other stacks aside for later.
This week is the anniversary of Shannon’s death, so perhaps subconsciously I was looking for those photos.
There’s one color photo of baby Shannon that was taken during a visit to the grandparents near Madison, Kansas. As her older sister, Karen, strolls in the flower garden, Shannon is propped on a chair next to a large rose for the picture. Looming over her head is a giant castor bean plant.
The photos are merely snapshots, captured quickly with little thought to light, setting, or background distractions. What shines through in all of them is the vitality of the child. She’s occupied with little girl activities like loving her kitties and playing in the yard.