I take photographs from the internet and then write short stories about them!
By Paul Pakler (Actor, Writer)
(Photograph from American Children in the Past)
“This is your great-great-grandpa, Hyman. He’s your… Wait, he’s my dad’s mom’s dad? I think? So, he’d be your grandpa’s grandpa.
“It’s funny. He looks so old even though he’s young. I mean, he’s probably eleven or twelve, but he looks like a grown-up. Don’t you think? It’s the suit. I wish boys and men still wore suits. Wouldn't your dad look great in a suit?
“You two look alike, I think. Handsome. Look, your noses are similar. See? And your eyes.
“Are you crazy?! Haha! No, I never met him. He was born in the 1800s! He’s from Russia? Or Poland? Somewhere around there.
“So, your grandpa told me that Great-Great-Grandpa Hyman came to America with his family-
“Huh uh, I’m not sure why they left.
“It was... his mother and father, and he had two older sisters and a younger brother. And they landed in New York City. Just like in the movies! Then, they moved around a bunch, and, finally, they ended up here.
“I’m not sure what he did for a living... I think he owned a furniture store. And he fought in World War I! I think there are some of his medals in one of Grandpa’s boxes. We’ll have to Google them and see what they're for.
“Maybe this is his school photo? His eyes are so interesting. I wonder what he’s thinking about.
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"I just don’t know a lot about where we come from. My parents just never talked with us about that sort of stuff.
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“I wonder what Great-Great-Grandpa Hyman would think of us.
“You wanna look at some more photos?
“I love you.”