Today we had a lovely couple visit our studio to have photographs taken for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. This had been organised by their daughter.
They thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had my head stuck in the computer as Ciara welcomed our clients and brought them in to the photography studio. I could hear the laughter and the general rumbling of a joyous chat.
Usually I am there to assist with babies and young children… keeping them safe or entertaining them to a ridiculous rendition of “baby shark”. What happened to “The wheels on the bus go round and round” ?? Today, I wasn’t needed… but I wished I was there!
As I sat there I thought of all the beautiful family moments we are involved in, whether it is the newness of a little baby or the celebration of a marriage that had lasted a long long time.
A couple of years ago Ciara took photos of my parents on the occasion of their 65th Wedding Anniversary. I remember how special that day was. They were surrounded by children, grandchildren, great grandchildren. Also a special visit from their surviving siblings.
Thankfully my parents had since celebrated their 66th anniversary and are still going strong. Everytime I walk out of my sitting room, I see one of the photos of my parents that Ciara took on that day. It lifts my heart. It totally captured their love and their connection
Although they have obviously aged since their wedding day…. The love has grown with them.
Seeing that photograph on a daily basis reminds me to value my realtionships, to keep in touch, to know that family gives me strength.
A photgraph is a lot more than an image on paper.
It is a memory, a reminder, a connection.
So don’t lose those memories on USB sticks or a hard drives.
Get some printed and display them. And enjoy the memory and the reminder.
September 4th 2020