One of my dear great aunts emailed me today asking for some old family photos that I discovered at my grandmother’s house a couple of years ago. She misses her late siblings badly, she told me, and thought having and seeing some of the pictures might help.
As I dug through the old photographs I stumbled across this one again. Seeing my grandfather, may he rest in peace, at a backgammon board is no uncommon thing. He could be found playing backgammon with anyone who was willing, whenever it was possible. But what I love about this picture is the story that my aunt & grandmother told me just last year.
Our grandfather was a private practice psychiatrist in Egypt in the 50s during a time when the mental institutions were much like prisons. After his first visit to one of these institutions, they tell me, he came home with a mission and it was shortly after that this picture was taken of him playing backgammon on a retreat to the country with the patients from that institution, most of whom were going outside for the first time since they had been admitted.

One of my dear great aunts emailed me today asking for some old family photos that I discovered at my grandmother’s house a couple of years ago. She misses her late siblings badly, she told me, and thought having and seeing some of the pictures might help.

As I dug through the old photographs I stumbled across this one again. Seeing my grandfather, may he rest in peace, at a backgammon board is no uncommon thing. He could be found playing backgammon with anyone who was willing, whenever it was possible. But what I love about this picture is the story that my aunt & grandmother told me just last year.

Our grandfather was a private practice psychiatrist in Egypt in the 50s during a time when the mental institutions were much like prisons. After his first visit to one of these institutions, they tell me, he came home with a mission and it was shortly after that this picture was taken of him playing backgammon on a retreat to the country with the patients from that institution, most of whom were going outside for the first time since they had been admitted.

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