Over the weekend, I received a chat message from my brother Eugene. He lives along the Texas gulf area. He let me know my brother Dean's lung cancer had returned and he would not be seeking further treatment. I don't know the current status after his doctor appointment on Tuesday where he planned to ask 'how long?'.
Sadly, our family is one that has always had a lot of issues and strife. Dean "disowned" me after my Mom passed away due to a misunderstanding of a request I made on behalf of my Dad, and no attempts to rectify it have worked. I pray for him and leave it at that.
Eugene asked about the photos that had been separated by sibling and when he was going to get "his" and also asked about Dean's. I told him I had taken Dean's to my aunt last April and she gave them to him, but he was not happy with what he got. I guess he had expectations of more, but at this time, the siblings are only getting the childhood photos in which they alone are in, and any photos of their offspring. Before sending those, I am scanning them. In fact, I scanned most of them after my trip north a year ago. My plan was to send them their own pictures in addition to a thumb drive containing all the family photos - including any I've acquired from other family members over the years.
When I scanned them, I did so at 200 dpi. As I prepared to package up Eugene's photos, I realized that maybe 200 dpi was not adequate, so I set to re-scanning all of his photos at 600 dpi, which is better should any larger reprints be made from the scans. Now, to get them packaged up and sent to him.
Going forward, the question will be whether to re-scan ALL the family photos. This small segment took me the better part of three days. It could take weeks to re-do the entire family set, and I no longer have the originals of Dean to re-scan.