Maybe something we should remind families about photographs of family gatherings. Most of us, when taking photos at birthday parties, New Years, Christmas, etc etc pretty much want a chronicle of the day, when family and friends are with us. We don’t get in their faces, like paparazzi do (well, I’m sure some do, but most of us don’t).
The value of having someone do this chronicling of family events came home. The mother of dear friend of mine was ill, melanoma that went to the brain. for what seemed like an eternity to the family, but was really a very short time, she passed away.
The family was, as you can imagine, devastated. And the saddest thing was they could only remember what she looked like during her passing.
Although it ripped me apart, because Sue was my “Mommy Down Under”, I went through each and every birthday, Christmas, etc etc, and got photos of Sue happy, healthy, being silly, wearing a funny hat. I sent them to her kids.
You have no idea how much that helped.
So, keep politely sneaking those photos, discarding the bad/embarrassing ones, because you’re not just pestering them. You’re treasuring them forever. And just maybe giving solace to someone who needs it.