Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Youth Lives on Hope--Happy (belated) Memorial Day

The photo challenge this week for Quotography is Memorial Day/Remembrance.

Honestly, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do, or even if I was going to participate. We don't have close friends or family currently serving in the military. Other than giving my daughters a little flag to play with, I wasn't sure how I was going to present a photo that was meaningful for the theme, as well as something that made sense and had meaning here.

Then I remembered.

My father-in-law served in the Vietnam War. He took this very large Polaroid camera over there with him. That camera captured the reality of war in that place--death, the faces those who served, soldiers' jocularity and beautiful countryside. 

I love the juxtaposition of my daughters playing with that camera. It holds many stories. It's seen many things. And they, in the innocence of their youth, examine it, knowing only peace.

Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance. ~French Proverb

Happy (belated) Memorial Day. Thank you, to those of you who serve, so that my daughters can play on a blanket without a care in the world. Thank you to the mamas and papas who send your soldier-spouses to far off places and parent alone--I have no idea how you do it.

Quotography at {My}Perspective


kaye said...

so true :) Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

Melissa Ann said...

I'm thankful too.
And I think it's hysterical that our girls were wearing this exact same set of dresses today!

Corinne and Jason Ritz said...

This post gave me chills, and then at the end I cried! Thanks a lot!

Seriously, I found this profound and moving.

Craig said...

Julia, the pictures are priceless. But the way that you wrote the words of appreciation for those who have served, and for those who have lost their lives, and how you explain the juxtaposition of the old with the new – it was magical. Thank you. And God bless and keep you and each and every one of yours.

Nicolasa said...

Beautiful post!