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Feb 18, 2008

My Father the Hero

This past weekend, it was so nice to withdraw from all forms of modern day technology like computers, email, blogging, etc, and step back into the 1960s. I took a road trip with my parents to the small town of Marianna, Fl., right outside of Campbellton where my dad grew up. At his old college, they were honoring his old basketball coach, the legendary Milton Johnson, and bringing together a reunion of all the old players that he coached in his lifetime. During my dad's high school days, he was one of those star players under Coach Johnson before they both moved on to to Chipola Junior College. Unfortunately, due to an injury, my dad's basketball college career was cut short. Though he couldn't go on playing, Coach Johnson continued a career of over 800 victories. Not only did Coach Johnson serve as a great coach in my dad's life, my dad has always been thankful for how he served as a great role model setting the foundation of success in my dad's life that he would go on to have in his own career in construction.

My dad has never had copies of his old yearbooks or any childhood photos of him growing up, so my favorite part of the weekend was flipping through all the old yearbooks they had out, and discovering old photos of my dad that I had never seen before. From his chubby cheeks in first grade up to his studly Elvis look-a-like looks in high school, I got teary eyed looking at this piece of my family history I was holding in my hands. It was one of those moments of being reminded why photography is so important, and what an honor it is to serve as a photographer in the lives of so many.

Here are some fun photos from my point and shoot that I took of my dad's yearbook photos!



My dad reuniting with Coach Johnson after 40-something years.




My dad and his "trophy wife and trophy daughter".

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9 Comments:

Blogger Timeless and Treasured, Photography by Heather said...

You look JUST like your dad! And like your mom too!

February 18, 2008 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Shores Photography said...

I was just going to comment the same thing, it's incredible how much you resemble both of them ;) So your dad played basketball, how neat! my dad did too, all through highschool and college, until his injury, there is always an injury, lol.

February 18, 2008 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Corinna Hoffman Photography said...

It was great meeting up with you for lunch today :) Your dad is cool :) Yay for the Williams!

February 18, 2008 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

How cool! I went through something similar this week, looking at photos from the 60's and 70's of my parents and family. I enjoy it so much, and I agree that it's why photography is so important. It's always there for future generations and to remind us! I agree with the other comments too, you look so much like your parents, but I think you have your mom's eyes!

February 18, 2008 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

This is so sweet. It's always exciting to learn more about our parents' lives before we came along. Bravo, Scarlett! I hope you had a great time!

February 19, 2008 at 9:53 AM  
Anonymous jimmia said...

OMG...I have relatives and family friends who live in Marianna! I used to go there often to visit them. My cousins graduated from MHS. :)

It sounds like the event went really well. :)

Have a great day.

February 19, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger Rachel Brooke said...

you do look like your dad! This is a neat moment you witnessed here. Glad you shared it!

February 20, 2008 at 12:43 AM  
Blogger Scarlett Lillian said...

Ha, yeah it's funny, growing up I always thought I looked more like my mom and everyone always told us that. But now looking at my dad's photos of him growing up, I realized how much I do see a lot of him in me. Some of his younger yearbook photos, I was amazed how much they looked like my own baby photos.

Shores- I know, always some kind of injury. Poo!

Jimmia- So funny! Small world! He's actually from Campbellton and went to Campbellton High School, but it was so tiny that they closed it down after he graduated. Everyone jokes around there that after leading his team to three state champions, when my dad graduated, no one could follow in his footsteps so they had to close the school down. ha!

February 20, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Darice Michelle said...

Scarlett you and your mom have the same mouth, it's so cute! Great photos! That's so cool your dad got to see his old coach!

February 20, 2008 at 10:19 PM  

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