Life In Pictures

When it comes right down to it, we are talking about images that really “get to you.” I’ve been in places where someone next to me burst into tears because of something meaningful of which I was completely unaware. It is the individual’s embracing of such moments and images that makes the world so beautiful.

My oldest daughter, only 22, has been married for several years now. You can imagine the four parents’ reservation when she and her boyfriend announced they were engaged. We lectured them and shook our heads, but despite all of that, they tied the knot. Last year they bought a house, and a few weeks ago they had “the families” over for a football Sunday.

I sat in a big comfortable chair and watched the two of them serve everyone the food they had prepared. I saw them “make busy” in the kitchen, bumping into each other, smiling, momentarily grasping hands. I had a ringside seat for all of it. As the realization came over me that they were finally doing what they had wanted to do from the beginning and had done very well for themselves, tears began to well in my eyes and I smiled.

On the way home I told my wife, “I’ll never forget that picture of the two of them.” She smiled and choked back a bit of sentiment and said, “I’ll never forget the look on your face while you were taking in that picture.” I cocked my head. “You saw that?” She eased her hand into mine. “Yeah,” tapping her forehead and closing her eyes, “it’s right here.”

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He can be reached via e-mail at

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