19 Normal Photos With Very Interesting Backstories

Sarah Kester
Grandma and grandson
reddit | u/euro_psych

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Sometimes, though, you need a little more context. That's where these images with backstories come in. Some tell the stories of love, some tragic loss, and some humor. Like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

Without further adieu, here are 19 normal photos with very interesting backstories.

The visual cue

Visual cards put together
reddit | u/CreativismUK

At first glance, you would think that this isn't much to celebrate. A kid put together a sentence in visual cards, so what?

Well, this Redditor shared that this is actually the first-ever sentence put together by one of their non-verbal five-year-old twins.

The painting

Painting of man holding a baby with his parents
reddit | u/donof952

“Both my parents passed before my daughter was born. My wife gave me this painting for Christmas," this Redditor wrote. This is definitely one of the sweetest gifts he could've received. He knows that his parents are always looking down on him from heaven.

My precious

Wedding rings
reddit | u/magicosmia

No, this isn't a screengrab of Lord of the Rings. It's an image of the wedding rings that this Redditor was gifted by his grandparents. They wrote that they were crying, and now so are we.

This gift rocks

Rock with googley eyes and a nose
reddit | u/Kamots66

“In 1983, I told my 14-year-old girlfriend to ’just get me a rock’ for Christmas. I married her and it’s the most precious gift I have ever received," this Redditor wrote. It just goes to show that money can't buy you happiness.

The blessing

Baby clothes and gifts
reddit | u/ds3101

While you might think this is a spoiled child or a brag about how much these parents have, it's just the opposite. This Redditor shared that he and his wife tried for 15 months to get pregnant. So when they stocked the closet with baby shower gifts, they realized how blessed they are.

The love box

Box full of wooden hearts
reddit | u/BlackJackTulip

“A ’box of Love’ from my dad to my daughter — he carved each heart from a different type of wood," this Redditor wrote. Each one of those hearts carries so much meaning.

The love notes

Love notes
reddit | u/rapmstrux

While love notes are sweet any day of the year, the meaning behind this picture hits hard. This Redditor shared that their fiancé has been writing them every single day for two years since he was diagnosed with cancer.

The diamond ring

Paper ring
reddit | u/runningTrisarahtop

“My 8-year-old caught me crying over my missing engagement band and made me this," this Redditor shared. How sweet! They even made the rock extra big. Let's just hope she doesn't get a paper cut!

The reward

Rack of clothes
reddit | u/JephriB

You can't see the blood, sweat, and tears that went into earning this rack of clothes. It's a whole new wardrobe that this husband decided to surprise his wife with after she reached her goals of getting back into shape.

Houston, we're curious

Tourists at Kennedy Space Center
reddit | u/deleted

You might be sitting there wondering why you're staring at a picture of a father and his two-year-old son at Kennedy Space Center. But everything makes sense once you learn that his now-adult son just helped launch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy!

The toy cat

Toy cats with one of them being more worn than the other
reddit | u/Connguy

"In 1995, my great-aunt gave me a stuffed cat. It was my absolute favorite, and slept with me every night throughout my childhood," this Redditor wrote. "When she passed, we found out she had bought an identical cat and kept it in pristine condition for two decades."

The snowfall

Snowfall outside
reddit | U/joeystar

Rolling your eyes at this one? Wondering what's so special about a picture of snowfall when you can see snow on the ground outside your window? Well, this image from 2014 is historic as it captured the first snowfall in Egypt in 112 years!

The smooth line

Sign that says, "so do you like bread?"
reddit | u/fMeijaN

"My friend is terrible at flirting. She asked this guy if he liked bread as an opener, and a year later they are together and he made this for her Christmas gift," this Redditor wrote. Aww! It would've been a dealbreaker if he said no.

The tie

Woman tying a man's tie
reddit | u/Loozar

Did you assume that these two people knew each other? Same. Well, it turns out that they are perfect strangers. After the man was struggling to tie his tie, a passenger asked if he needed help.

The birthday card

Birthday card
reddit | u/canofpotatoes

"My Dad has saved this masterpiece I made using our first computer - 22 years ago - and turned it into a card for my 30th Bday!" Such a clever and sweet idea!

The friends

Friends taking a picture
reddit | u/northern_hero

Initially, this photo looked like nothing more than a group of friends taking a picture. But what if we told you that no one here knew the guy wearing the baseball cap? This Redditor wrote that he was with them the whole day because they thought he was the cousin of the guy in glasses.

The three ties

Ties on fence
reddit | u/lewROLL

"In 2009 on the last day of school my friends and I put our ties on the outside fence, 2018 and they’re still here," this Redditor wrote. These friends will be tied together forever!

The motorbike

Keanu Reeves on bike
reddit | u/unknown_human

Nope, this isn't just some random guy at the light! It's Keanu Reeves. The laidback actor loves to travel by bike around town and is always down to chat it up with fans.

Hat's off to ya

Grandma and grandson in funny hat
reddit | u/neuro_psych

“Last year, I got my Alzheimer’s-stricken grandma this hat as a gift. She thought it was fashionable and still wears it all the time," this Redditor wrote. This is beyond adorable!

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