It is ironic that you write from BC (i.e. Canada).
My response is not nearly as elevated at those above - but sometimes you just show the pic - lint and all.
On another forum, using a different ID I initiated this thread yesterday:
It's actually a 20+ year old shot and I sure as heck should have cleaned the slide some months ago before scanning it (hence the apologies in the thread post). But you know something? The "sentiment" was appreciated and the pic carried the message!
They don't all have to be perfect.