I may be a bit old school but I think that people who store all of their pictures on their smart phones are missing out on something. There is nothing like seeing a loved one’s smiling face looking down on you from a picture frame on your wall. It is both comforting and reassuring, almost like they are watching over you while you work at your desk. As I work at my own desk I can see my Mom’s picture smiling down on me. She left us too soon. She was only 55 years old when cancer took her. If one’s years here were based on merit then she should have lived to be over 100. My Dad’s kind smile is next to hers. It has only been a few years since he passed.
Sometimes I still pick up the telephone wanting to call him and tell him
something that has just happened to me only to remember that he is gone.
My Nana’s picture is there too, holding the 90 years young sign at her
birthday party 16 years ago. How I wish I could walk into her kitchen
again, have a talk, and share a big slice of homemade Italian bread with
Sometimes looking at these pictures gives me a touch of melancholy and
sadness. I still miss them all and I don’t feel ready to be the oldest
generation yet. Most of the time, though, I only feel the warmth and joy
that comes from a million loving memories that these pictures bring
back. It makes me feel blessed knowing that I had them all in my life
for the years that I did. It makes me want to follow their loving
example in my own life as well.
A lot of people say that you have to have a hard heart to get through
life. Others say a soft heart is better. I myself think that a strong
heart is best. We need a heart that loves through the pain. We need a
heart that keeps loving even when we lose the people we love the most.
We need a heart that knows that "Anyone who lives in love lives in
God, and God lives in him.” (1 John 4:16) May your heart be strong
then. May your love shine from your pictures and from your life.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella