January 01, 2005

memento

It's my favorite Christmas photo. It's a timeless memento. Wrapped in colors and shimmering glow is the affection of an entire family. It's not an obligatory picture of a family gathering by a tree or a dinner table ready with turkey to be carved. It's a collection of cards after they've been given. Cards that were carefully pondered to make sure they were just the right one. They were read aloud to laughter and tears. Devotion from husband to wife -- love from daughter to father -- warm wishes from son-in-law to parents. It's the small family photo from a studio where three young children posed patiently. Tucked inside these cards are memories and hopes and wishes.

I took nearly a 100 photos this Christmas. This one will never fade with time.