Sunday, April 06, 2008

The Photograph


This piece was written for Sunday Scribblings. The topic is "photograph."



The tasteful black and white photograph rested on the fireplace mantel. Carefully preserved in a vintage frame, the photo was a focal point of the living room where she often gazed at it with a melancholy feeling.


The smiling couple in the photo was beaming, and the love in their hearts was evident in the natural way they delved into each other’s eyes. The woman, in her simple white cocktail dress, gloves, and tiara veil, and the man in his classic black suit, were the essence of happiness. The woman, a little plump, was beautiful, with thick, silky dark hair, dark eyes, and cheeks that appeared rosy though this was not a color photo. The handsome, brown-haired man was tall and thin, perhaps feeling a little awkward, but with an air of innocence about him.

They were natural, not posed, and so photogenic. She looked longingly at the wedding photo of the man and woman, missing them both. Her parents.



I wish I had the photo to post here, but I can't find where it's saved on the computer. This is a photo of the couple some 38 years later.
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14 comments:

anthonynorth said...

I often think of my parents, both long gone, now. A good tribute there.

Just Jen said...

wow, 38 years of marriage is awesome!!
I was thinking of your highway, it would be full of restaurants and there would be no busses....LOL

jenn said...

That was so beautiful.

GreenishLady said...

That's lovely. We don't need to see the original photo, you've described it so well. It's good to see them in later years.

nonizamboni said...

This brought tears to my eyes--and I have to agree with greenishlady that your words fashioned a clear and true picture in my mind. Thanks so much for sharing both photos and your deep feelings.
P.S. love the tulip!

Tammy said...

You painted a beautiful shot with your words. 38yrs is very cool!

Jennifer Hicks said...

your description of "delving into their eyes" sent a little shiver up my spine. what a deep connection.

tumblewords said...

I, too, think of, and miss, my parents daily. Enjoyed your post!!

keith hillman said...

Thats lovely. Just as long as you keep the image in your mind you'll never need the photo

Granny Smith said...

One of the first photos that I ever posted on my blog was of my father and mother at their 40th wedding anniversary. My father would only live 3 more years. I wish I had a photograph of them on their wedding day! Their love for each other gave me a happy secure childhood.

Kellan said...

So lovely!

Hope you are doing well and have had a good weekend - see you soon - Kellan

paisley said...

what a loving tribute you have to your parents... if you ever locate the photo... i for one would love to see it.....

Lucy said...

I truly can see the photo before me. truly beautiful words. :)

Patois said...

Your love for them shines through so clearly. Beautifully done.

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