Sunday, December 13, 2009
The Santa picture. When I was young some of my parents friends were dropping off some sort of holiday cheer and were on their way to the pet store to get a picture of their pet with Santa. I might have been 12 or 13, but they let me tag along with our dog at the time Lady (a black greyhound).
The picture is....bad. Done in an age before the digital picture, it was a small crappy Polaroid picture. To make matters worse, Lady was, like so many black dogs, unphotogenic and to add insult to injury there was a bright flash reflecting back through her eyes. The store cut out the Polaroid and stuck it in a Christmas ornament.
Through the years this ornament contains one of the few pictures I have of Lady. It has a special place in my heart and through some unknown means gives special meaning to that unquestionably ridiculous picture of Santa with a beloved pet. Here is Beckett's. Happy Holidays.