Do you see that happy Grandpa sitting front and center with one of his sweet grand-babies kissing the top of his head? Do you see that beautiful and happy smile on his face?
Well so do I!!
I have seen two other photos from this particular sitting. In both of them, Grandpa Costello is not looking at the camera.
So imagine my delight when my sister brought this photo to me. For the first time ever, I was seeing a photograph of my Great Grandpa Costello looking at the camera and smiling. Really smiling. <3
But I have to give credit where credit is due. See that lovely, happy woman on the back row on the far right? That is my grandaunt Barbara. She sent my sister home with a bundle of photos for me to scan. This little treasure was amongst them.
I am so grateful to Aunt Barbara for sharing and especially to my sister for making an impromptu visit to our Aunt.
If you’ve been reading along for a while you may remember that I discovered 7 seconds of video of Grandpa Costello earlier this year. In that video Grandpa is definitely smiling, so this photo isn’t the first time I’m seeing his smile, but it is the first high quality photo with his smile.
I think that the important lesson in all of this is that we can’t ever consider our efforts “done”. I’ve talked to Aunt Barbara several times over the years. I’ve visited her in her home and interviewed her and Uncle Dan. I’ve exchanged letters asking questions. But this past Spring I specifically sent her a letter asking if she had any photos of Grandpa Costello that I might scan. Because of my letter, she had gathered a small group of photos and then had them all ready to send with my sister when she visited. Her bundle included several photos of my Great Grandpa Costello that I had never seen. That my mom had never seen. These photos may have NEVER made it to my branch of our tree if I hadn’t thought to ask Aunt Barbara about photos of my Great Grandpa Costello.
So, keep asking questions of your oldest living relatives. I thought I had gleaned every detail I could from Aunt Barbara. I hadn’t. I wonder what else I might learn the next time I visit her?
Happy Thursday, I hope you think of a great question to ask one of you oldest living relatives today!
ps – Because only three family members in this photo have passed on, I am not labeling this photo here. If you are a family member and want the names, shoot me an email. I will add a detailed description of the photo in my private Ancestry tree.