One compelling aspect to my grandfather’s story is how differently our lives have played out. He grew up athletic, gregarious, surrounded by family (six brothers, four sisters): I was an introverted kid, a reader, with one brother. At age 31, he was sent off to fight a war; at age 31, I quit my job and moved to Oregon to get my doctorate. He married and had a child; I never wanted those things. He settled; I wandered. Yet there were still commonalities. As I roamed through photographs this week, I looked for intersections, juxtapositions (that word!) that highlighted both our similarities and our differences. Here are six pairings from our family photos.
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