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Aches and Pains

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from the SouthWest of Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “We had a wonderful weekend hanging with some old friends. We shared our scars and talked of our aches, pains and complaints. On our way home, we stopped to visit with truly an old friend who is now living in a nursing home.

She greeted us warmly just like our other friends. Pushing ninety, she knew of true aches and pains, but had no complaints. My aches and pains paled and my small bit of arthritis became non existent in comparison.

I savored her hugs, her zest, the twinkle still in her faded blue eyes. I enjoyed her smell of age and each and every scar she shared.

Sometimes, we get to see how good we have it. It takes away a lot of what you think is an ache or a pain.

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20 comments on “Aches and Pains

  1. opreach
    October 12, 2013

    What a wonderful image!

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  2. bpnana
    October 12, 2013

    Truly beautiful photograph and sentiment.

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  3. Ruth Bailey
    October 12, 2013

    Intriguing texture in this photo!

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  4. White Pearl
    October 12, 2013

    The photo is so magical and beautiful !

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  5. Anna
    October 12, 2013

    Just love this!

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  6. Jess Weitz
    October 12, 2013

    Beautiful textured hands show all the time they have seen…

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  7. neverclipmywings
    October 12, 2013

    This picture is just beautiful. It tells a lot of words…

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  8. Son of Sharecroppers
    October 12, 2013

    Incredible photo and great text.

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  9. Jim Work
    October 13, 2013

    thanks to all for your comments. I used a Fuji 100s ( it is like using an old m series Leica). It has a fixed 35mm focal length lens. It is my go to camera. shot hand held at 1/15 a second at F2. @100iso, processed in silver pro Effex software.
    I could not bevieve how her hands were so entwined. I don’t think you could place such telling hands with so much grace in their togetherness. It was like each finger had the job of supporting one of the others.
    If we could just learn to support each other this way. what a wonderful world it could be!….peace out….Jim

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    • Helen Cherry
      October 13, 2013

      Couldn’t agree more with your support sentiment.. well said Jim

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  10. Helen Cherry
    October 13, 2013

    Awesome photo.. works so very well in monochrome

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  11. poemcollision
    October 13, 2013

    really a wonderful image!

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  12. Dreams and Zeros
    October 13, 2013

    This image really conveys a life. Absolutely wonderful shot.

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  13. emily
    October 13, 2013

    Very cool! I loved it!

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  14. emily
    October 13, 2013

    Looks like an Esher print

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  15. Jeff Sinon
    October 13, 2013

    Beautiful photograph and well written story to go with it.

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  16. thehappyhugger
    October 14, 2013

    Really thought provoking…

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  17. roblowephoto
    October 14, 2013

    Inspiring, Jim and wonderful contrast. Superb.

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  18. cathatkeele
    October 14, 2013

    Beautiful and inspired…

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  19. Paula McLane Jennings
    October 14, 2013

    Love the photo and what you shared. That is SO true. We often think we are in such bad shape until we see what others are living with.

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