Swerdloff Law Firm October 2018


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When I was a kid, the real fear I had in grade school stemmed from safety drills. This was right at the critical moment of the Cold War with Russia, so they had us preparing for anything and everything, diving under our desks in case the worst happened. Eisenhower was president, and he talked about problems all over the world. Listening to that was enough to make me afraid to go outside! I got very frightened that the whole world was going to blow up. It’s the biggest fear I can remember having as a kid. One day our school did a group interview, a kind of survey, where they asked us how we felt about the state of the world. “I’m not hopeful,” I said. I was about 9 years old. “The world’s going to end.” Boy, did I get in trouble for that! My pessimism was not what the teachers wanted to hear from such a young person. I wasn’t the only one who was scared, though. Our parents feared for the safety of their children. Polio was another scare for people in those days. There were a couple summers when the epidemic was at its high point, and our parents would barely let us out of the house — no going to movie theaters or swimming during those years. This was before vaccinations, and they were afraid we’d get polio. Since we couldn’t go to the pools or movies, and television wasn’t much of a distraction in those days, we had to find other ways

to entertain ourselves. I was just starting to get into photography, and we had a little house in the backyard that I converted into a darkroom. My mom gave me a little Hawkeye box camera, and I started with pictures of our family, then friends and athletic events. Photography began to blossom into a real passion. In middle school, I took sports photos, and in high school, I took photos for the yearbook. I even got some published in our local newspaper. I’ve loved taking pictures ever since. Somehow, despite all the scary possibilities when I was a kid, it all worked out. The fear began to lift and things got better. Thank goodness for photography. Having that to turn to helped me get through some of my fears and not focus on the scary possibilities that the radio broadcasted. Without photography, I probably would just be hiding under a rock. It’s still a hobby I enjoy today. I just returned from a visit to see my son, daughter-in-law, and little 7 1/2-month- old granddaughter, and it was a good opportunity to get back to my hobby. Though I have several cameras, these days, I usually use my cell phone. It takes great pictures and videos. You can bet I took some photos and videos of my granddaughter! I took some great ones from her time in Gymboree, where I went mostly as an observer. The instructors played music, the little ones bopped and bounced, and I tried to get some action shots during all of this.

For “parachute time,” a parachute goes under the little ones, then they shake it, and lift it above them — they bring it up and down, and it’s a hoot. My granddaughter squealed with delight. The instructors try to make it a really good time, and it looked like it was working! I delighted in seeing her enjoy herself so much. In these stressful times, it's important to find moments of joy. What are you doing for fun this month? –Arthur J. Swerdloff


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