Thursday, August 1, 2013

Do you have a photo of the best moment of your life?

Sitting between his uncles and wearing his Kevin Durant jersey while eating ice cream and sporting a Super Rope on his birthday at a Brewer game was probably the best moment of Peter's life.

I occasionally browse Twisted Sifter--a blog that compiles interesting photographs from all around the world. From the "50 Most Perfectly Timed Photos Ever" to "21 Roads You Have to Drive in Your Lifetime," it's got a great deal of quirky images that can be fun to take a look at.

A post titled "Photos That Captured the Best Moments in People’s Lives" caught my eye this week:
It all started with a simple question. Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch), a writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated, asked his Twitter audience the following:  As soon as the responses started poring in, it was clear that it was going to be a special night (and following few days) on Twitter.
The post then shares some of the most memorable photos, including children meeting their baby brother for the first time, wedding pictures (sadly including a ceremony for two men), tender moments with deceased loved ones, and even milestones for kids with autism. There's a lot of touching stuff, and it will bring a smile to your face.

I took a moment to consider the greatest moment of my life--the day Laura and I went to the hospital for an ultrasound expected to confirm the miscarriage of our third straight baby. Bracing for the worst, we immediately saw the flickering heartbeat of a baby that was alive and well. Amidst the euphoria, I distinctly remember four-year-old Peter--who was also in the room for the heartbreaking ultrasound of our previous baby, Gerard--exclaiming "GRATULATIONS MOMMY AND DADDY!" This even made the ultrasound tech get teary eyed.

That was the best moment of my life.

Do I wish that moment had been captured on a photo? Well, not really.

Had I snapped a picture, I wouldn't have been able to really live the moment. My memory of the hugging and praying and crying and hugging is no less treasured because there's no photographic evidence.

And as I pondered all of these things, I couldn't help but to think of an Apple ad that is...well...judge for yourself:

Fast Company's design blog really nails it here:
In what should be a warm, humanizing montage, people are constantly directing their attention away from one another and the real, panoramic world to soak in pixels. They’re choosing the experience of their products over the experience of other people several times in quick succession.
When Laura and I got to see Pope Benedict in 2011, I photographed his spin around St. Peter's Square in the Popemobile. I got some sweet shots.

When he came through for a second lap, Laura said, "He's coming back. Get some more pictures!" I responded, "I got enough the first time. I'm going to live this the second time." And I did. And it ruled.

What's the greatest moment of your life? And do you have a photograph of it?


  1. It's so neat you should write this. After I saw the link to the "best moment of your life" pictures I was thinking the same thing... I mean very much the same thing. That the best moment I could remember was seeing the ultrasound of my baby girl, not being miscarried as I had previously expected to see. It really was a heart stopping, take my breath away moment and, no, I don't have a picture of it. I do have several pictures of our little miracle girl... and those are nice to have but I prefer her snuggles, those are really the best.

  2. Is the eat cheese reaction button necessarily a less than desirable reaction? I do like cheese - so, I think it's a good thing - just for the record. :)


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