"Picture bookI love the new HP ad which feature this Kinks song - very cleverly done. The song reminds me of a few months ago, when I was looking through boxes of slides with Mum - pictures taken in Kuwait in the early seventies, when she and Dad were courting. Dad standing proudly by his Lambretta outside his RAF quarters. Mum standing outside a mosque in a thigh-skimming minidress. Mum and her flatmate Eileen posing in their tiny, flower-crammed walled garden, with the desert visible in the background, stretching on for miles, punctuated only by oil rigs and the de-salination plant. Mum at a party wearing a white embroidered cheesecloth two-piece, bought on her last trip home from 'Stevie's' in Portsmouth.
Pictures of your mama
Taken by your papa
A long time ago..."
She is the age I am now in these pictures. I screw my eyes up as I examine each one, trying to see myself in her. She looks so happy. Sexy, fashionable, and very happy. And of course, she was freshly in love - with the man behind the camera! But with the benefit of hindsight I can see that the happiness shining from her face is not just from the rush of meeting someone new, but from the feeling that she's found someone with whom she feels she really belongs for the long run.
Sometimes, she still looks at him like that...