Monday, February 01, 2010
Elegance in Another Age
Don't they make an elegant couple?
They still hold hands.
Could they have seen far into their future? Of parents and siblings buried and mourned; of illness; of children grown; of grandchildren poised at the edge of adulthood.
If they had seen it all, all the joys and all the sorrows, would it have changed the moment this photograph discovered? I see such a confidence in their faces, as if they knew something the photographer didn't. See how my mother's head tilts just a little bit toward my father. See how my father's hand rests on my mother's waist, gently, without confining. See how they both look out, toward their future together.
They are elegant in this photograph.
They are elegant, still, more than half a century later.
They are elegant still.