Week 4: Love

My parents celebrated their 50th anniversary last Saturday. This photo was taken after they had just finished playing a Newlyweds-style game where they answered questions about one another. Ladies, lest you dismay that your husband does not listen to you, think again. My dad—who in my memory was frequently on the receiving end of my mom’s “Honey. Hon. Honey! Are you listening to me?”—he absolutely smoked my mom in this game. Be warned.

The photo is somewhat pedestrian (technically a challenge for me because their skin colors are so different and I don’t know Photoshop), but in this photo I see a few things. When they were married 50 years ago the restaurant they chose for their celebration wouldn’t serve them because they’re a mixed race couple, so I see courage and self respect. After 50  years they still laugh at themselves and at each other, so I see humor. They are about as close to the perfect parents as you’ll ever find, so I see my good fortune. My mom has wrinkles and my dad is bald but they’re still attractive to one another, so I see an irrelevant passage of time. Everyone they love is sitting just a few feet in front of them, so I see complete happiness and lots and lots of love. Happy Anniversary mom and dad.

If you’re looking for more love, go see Launa Valente, Columbus, GA photographer and mother of five, at http://www.launavalentephotography.com/blog/.



14 Responses to “Week 4: Love”

  1. Congratulations to your parents! What an amazing story. You really captured their love in the photo, love this!

  2. What a precious love story! You captured it all in the photo. Love their smiles and the glasses just a hoot!

  3. oh my word! this is the PERFECT picture! and PERFECT story!!!!

  4. This is one of the sweetest things I’ve ready!! I love it!

  5. Oh, that’s so cute! I LOVE it!

  6. Beautiful and heartwarming!

  7. Oh wow, everything about this is beautiful!! I love the picture and love the story. Congratulations to your parents!!

  8. Ahh, this is love at it’s finest! Love this picture!

  9. awwwww… what great little love story : )

  10. I love everything about this! What beautiful parents you have 🙂 Perfect!!

  11. What a great way to honor your amazing parents!

  12. This is seriously SO sweet. ❤

  13. Wow! What a story! Love this photo!

  14. this made me giggle! seriously…so sweet! what is not to love?!

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