Like Peas and Carrots

There are a lot of little things to love about our neighborhood, but this couple is perhaps among the things I adore the most. As long as we’ve lived here, the kids and I have seen these two walking all over the neighborhood. And we’re not talking about a stroll. They walk briskly and seriously, always hand-in-hand. But it doesn’t feel sentimental or sappy — it’s somewhat matter-of-fact. It says “we’re in this together.” They’re like a Diane Arbus photo waiting to happen. They are timeless, expressionless and leave your mind begging to know their story. Admittedly, it’s a little odd to take pictures of people that I don’t know. But every time I see them, they tap into the better parts of me and I want to be able to preserve that. They make me ask questions about the things that matter. How did they meet? What tough times have they seen? Good times? Do they have children? Why is holding hands so important? What is their story? How long have they been together? What’s it like to be inseparable? What’s it like to invest a lifetime with someone and know everything about them? And they you? Of course I’ll never know their answers to these questions. But it’s still important for me to ask — even if it’s in my own mind. Maybe it’s because, even though I don’t know the answers, I can be sure of two larger conclusions: 1.) their lives are blessed and 2.) maybe one day I could be fortunate enough to be able to field those questions about my own life.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Amy says:

    That is so sweet! What a great picture.

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  2. I always feel so lucky when I see them. They are so cute.

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