The Not-So-Full Story

Although there are six members in my family,  we love to travel. We manage to save up money and travel to somewhere in the world. And my father loves to take pictures of us whenever we travel. He makes us pose and he makes us look natural to take pictures. This is all because photographs are a great way to keep and remember memories.

I was going through the pictures a couple weeks back and came across a picture of the six of us smiling wide with our arms around each other in Quebec, Canada. We stood in front of an ancient castle and looked so happy to be there, so happy to be together. But in all honesty, we really weren’t.

First, so many people in Quebec ignored us because we didn’t know any French. It was intimidating to even ask for the bathroom. The people we encountered treated us like we were below them and looked down upon us. We felt ignored and really didn’t understand why the tourist rates were so high in the city.

Second, we had underestimated the weather and almost froze to death.

Third, my grandmother was once again diagnosed with cancer. She had gotten chemotherapy months back and was supposed to recover according to her doctor, but obviously, he was wrong. We couldn’t go to her and she couldn’t come to us.

Fourth, we had just found out that my father’s brain was being pressured by the liquid that was originally supposed to protect it. We had also learned that there was no medicine, no surgery that would give him full recovery.

Fifth, because of all the numbers above, we were constantly fighting and arguing with each other.

But just by look at the picture, no one would ever even guess that we were falling apart as a family. When people look at the snapshot, they will probably think that we were having the time of our lives. They might even envy us.

That’s the thing about photographs; it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words, but is a thousand words enough?

Word of the Day: boregasm
(n.) peak of boredom; a climax of disinterest

2 thoughts on “The Not-So-Full Story

  1. Hanny, I really like this post. You were able to turn the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” and apply it to your own personal situation. Your personal anecdote also gave a good amount of background information about what was going on behind the photo.The only thing I would comment on is your paragraph about Syria. It doesn’t really connect with the rest of the post for me. Other than that, this was a wonderful post and I look forward to reading your future work.


  2. Your personal anecdote is very effective. You combined with the true context of the scene and all the background information of what was actually happening at the time. This contrasted with the description of the photo that does not tell us anything true really helps drive your point further. I really do agree with your post about photographs not telling the whole story. I too wrote about a similar situation in my blog post and timed-write.
    Your paragraph about Syria feels misplaced and very disconnected to the rest of the post as you just mentioned it out of the blue and did not explore it deeper or further to connect it better. Also, slight grammar issue in the fourth last paragraph should be corrected to- “But just by [looking] at the picture…”
    I really enjoyed reading this post Hanny, and I love the last line.


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