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642 Things to Write About Challenge: Week 7

Written By: Colleen - Feb• 15•13

Seven weeks in and still going strong.  I had a tough time picking out a topic for this week, despite my best efforts to do it in advance.  I went back and forth between a couple of them, but in the end decided to go with one that I found to be incredibly difficult.  If you want to play along this week, please leave your responses in the comment sections.  🙂

“Your most treasured photograph.”

This one was tough to pick.  I have several photographs that I love looking at and cherish the memory of what was going on at the time the picture was taken.  Hell, I have some pictures that I love simply because I look good in them, haha.  The one that I choose, however, is particularly special to me.  It’s of my grandparents and it was taken by my sister Christie in August 2012.  My grandpa is playing the piano at my parents’ house and my grandma is leaning in to hug him.  I can’t remember if this was taken before or after my grandpa got his second cancer diagnosis (I think it was before, when they thought he was out of the woods), but when I look at this picture, I can feel the emotions in it.  It reaffirms for me 1. How strong the bonds of love in my family are and 2. That I want to grow old with Jay and be there with him through it all!  No honestly, I just really love this picture.  Look how beautiful my grandma is.

I know everyone else probably thinks its sappy and depressing, but I don’t think it is.  I think it’s beautiful.  It a picture of love after 57 years of marriage.  Happy (Belated) Valentines’ Day!


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  1. Jeff in Texas says:

    I remember when you shared that picture (probably on Facebook) and I thought it was a very touching picture.

  2. Michael says:

    I love that pic you posted, it’s just a beautiful moment.

    My most treasured pic is probably one of Connor and in EPCOT (France) with Marie. Sadly, Renee had to leave the day before when her father was about to pass, and I kept Connor there out of the fray. It was a tough time but the photo reminds of everything at that time and how important family is to me.

  3. Melissa says:

    I am going to have to try to scan in my most treasured photograph and put it up on my blog. I have two, but I’ll go with the first one that came to mind. They actually both have the same subjects in them. My maternal grandparents.

    The photo I will mention here is one of them when they took their dream vacation in Hawaii, before I was born. It’s of the two of them, Grandma in a blue Hawaiian dress, purple flower behind one ear, Grandpa in a white Hawaiian shirt with a delicate brown flower pattern down the buttons in the center, lei of flowers around his neck. Arms around one another. Smiling.

    They traveled everywhere together: Canada, Mexico, England, France, Ireland, Poland, Germany. Yet, this trip to Hawaii was the one they talked about over and over, raved about.

    They were awesome. If there was ever an example of real, true love (the kind that lives through WWII, disagreements and compromise, raising two kids, sickness and health) it was my grandparents. Sounds like they were a lot like your own Grandparents. 🙂

    I always looked at the photo often, and I would tell myself that someday I will take my family to Hawaii too, and we will walk along the same beaches they did, drinking in the same Island magic (and maybe a cocktail or two). My husband and I are actually planning to do it next year, if we can swing it.

    Imagine, all of this long before Lost. 🙂

    Thanks for helping me walk down my own memory lane.

  4. cindy archer says:

    this is the face of love…this is commitment, this is marriage, this is a picture of what the marriage vows can look like if you take them seriously & do it right…lucky you to have an incredibly gorgeous moment like this saved forever.

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