If only for a moment
Throughout history there have been moments that resulted in iconic images.
Moments like the Victory in Europe, Life magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt. While this image was reportedly staged it signified a monumental time in history in celebration in unabashed expression of shear joy. A crescendo if you will, a good conquering evil at the close of the conflict in Europe at the end of World War II.
Then there was the national geographic image by Steve McCurry of the Afghanistan women with the striking green eyes. Perched in a world of turmoil her eyes reflected such a pensive moment. A moment that was caught between uncertainty yet with the preparedness to flight or flee. Only realizing that in the next moment could be her last. The image intrigued a generation.
Or perhaps the amazing image by Denis Reggie of John F. Kennedy Jr and Carolyn Bessette just as they left their wedding chapel as JFK turned back and kissed his new brides hands in a shear gesture of comfort. That simple gesture implying of a life that could have been.
Our iconic moments are a based on the people and the meanings of what is or could be. They are also define representation of what was. A look, a feeling, a moment that sometimes feels much larger than we expected. Some are for those that have passed. Or moments we didn’t realize the brevity of until, years or decades later. Its in these moments we find who we are.
Its for these moments we should find our happiness with the ones we love, in these magnificent moments. No one can prepare us for the first time you hold your child. And you realize you hold in your arms this life and the magnitude of what that will mean to you in the years to come.
No one can prepare us for the trials and tribulations you will find in each of your moments along the way. As I gaze upon the photos that grace our walls I realize I am where I am supposed to be and with every wonderful moment we are who we are and we have this one opportunity to touch the lives of the people who make up our moments.
In these moments, these embraces these looks we wish we could live within forever and hold on to the people that are nearest to us. Time is unforgiving. It moves on regardless of every effort we try to slow it down. I feel so fortunate that we can come into a family’s life for this one day and be apart of and create some of their greatest moments. If nothing else, these moments, these images, give us and our friends and family something we can hold on to.
The look, the laughter the meaning of who we are,
If only for a moment.