This is a new challenge setup by Jakesprinter, where every Sunday he will post a prompt, and we can use it to stimulate out imagination and creativity. I like the fact that it’s not limited to photography, and can include writing or digital art. If you are interested, click on the logo and go see what others have done with this. The theme this week is Love.
Yes, that’s my avatar icon you see, blown up a bit larger. Made in Apophysis, a fractal generating program I will talk about later in this blog. I dedicate this post and the following pictures to two people who are no longer with us, but who have inspired my belief that true love does exist, and can continue for a lifetime, and beyond.
My parents, taken around 1942. Young love, full of optimism and hope.
In their 40’s, they both loved to laugh, though my dad definitely had the edge on that one. They went out regularly, to bridge parties, social events, and sometimes just the two of them. They weren’t demonstrative in public, but they kept the romance alive and well.
A Christmas kiss. They would be in their early 60’s here.
A poem I wrote to them around that same time:
A fine romance complete with sighs
Thus begins a special life
two in love
man and wife
Add a precious gift of joy
first born child
a healthy boy
Make their happiness complete
a baby girl
soft and sweet
A family life for many years
Now both children fully grown
making new lives of their own
as man and wife
once more alone
how their love has grown
They made it through half a century together and beyond. They were close to the 60 year anniversary, but didn’t quite get there. When my dad passed away, I remember my mom saying that she had not only lost the love of her life, but her best friend. When it was her turn to go, her thoughts were on him, hoping he would be the first to welcome her on the other side of this life. I’m pretty sure he was.
The love of a lifetime. It is rare these days, but it is possible. My parents proved it.