I hope this is around forever

I heard it’s important to understand that any picture you put on the Internet has the potential of being there forever.

Yes, understand that any photo can be seen, shared, downloaded, re-seen or even mutated into the Internet’s next great meme. On one hand, that is a caution to those who are quick to employ their phones to capture every moronic scene from last night’s escapade with friends. Potential bosses can easily find out what they really want to know about you. Of course, in a few years you might have some uncomfortable ‘splainin to do when your kids come across some of those pics, too.

Then again, there are some things you truly want to live forever online. Like this picture.

Christmas 2013

I hope the Internet gets its worldwide hands on it and lets it fill every cloud there is and travel through every digital packet delivered to any computer, ever. That seems like a lofty aspiration, but stranger things have happened. We’ve all done a Google search or two that brought up things that seemed a bit of a stretch.

Maybe someone will search Galveston, or beaches or maybe even island ringtones. That last one sounds silly, I know.

If they do search, maybe, just maybe, they’ll come across a picture of a guy hugging one of his little sisters on the beach. Now, they won’t know it was Christmas and 32 degrees outside. Of course, they probably wouldn’t have any idea how much this picture means to the guy with the earmuffs now that she is gone. Or that he cried every day for weeks after her death.

After a few years, he doesn’t cry as much.

But they’ll have seen it. And I bet they’ll at least know these two people meant something to each other.

Yes, I hope this picture lives on the Internet forever because that’s how long I will remember it.

I love you, Diana. Forever.


Diana Lane, 25, of Galveston, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. She was born September 25, 1988 in Galveston to Darrell and Deborah Sue Lane. Diana proudly graduated from Ball High School with the Class of 2007 and worked at Yaga’s. A fun loving free spirit, she enjoyed being outdoors, including fishing, BBQ’s, and time spent at the beach. Diana also cherished spending quality time with her nephews and nieces, whom she called her princesses. She was a strongly willed, motivated young woman who liked to get her way. She was our “Princess Diana.” She will live on through her family and great friends.

Diana was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Lane, and grandfather, Joe Faggard.

She is survived by her fiancé, William Travis Haynes and his children, Chyanne and Travis; her mother, Deborah Sue Lane; grandmother, Bobbie Sue Faggard, of High Island; sisters, Margaret, Misty Sue Ambrosio and Jose Perez, and Briana Soto and husband, Jesus; brothers, John Fletcher and wife, Gloria, and Grady Lane; nieces and nephews: Brandon, Brittani, Ashlei, Ange-le, Nathan, Angelina, and Alyanna; great niece, Harmony; loving great aunts, Gloria Whelton and Lilla McCutchen; and numerous other family members and friends.


One Comment

  1. Barbara Tieken

    John, your post was so personal, so special, so heart-felt. It brought tears to my eyes and special memories, I, too, shall always cherish. Thank you for sharing…You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

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