While we might expect to get a strange, eerie feeling in the moments before disaster, the unfortunate truth is that it’s just as likely for life-changing events to strike without warning.
And even if there are some subtle warning signs before they happen, they don’t mean anything until somebody actually recognizes them. And it’s often the case that we only recognize a warning sign after disaster has already struck.
With that in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that a deceptively humorous photo that actually heralds a dangerous situation would still resonate with people decades after it was taken.
In that time, one of the people depicted in it has returned to explain what happened and how that day affected his family forever.