There is a family picture in my room. Its was taken on my sister’s 10th birthday. That day nothing was alright. My sister was agitated, my mother irritated, me saddened and my father disappointed. We all had our own reasons. Reasons which reflected our emotions on our faces, no matter how much we tried to cover them up with our smiles to keep up the spirit of the birthday party.
All of us were wearing clothes of the same color, a likeable thing for a “family” picture. The background was perfect. The family picture was a perfect shot;”happy family” we looked in the picture…but the truth was that none of us were actually happy. The picture was made into portrait size and now covers a huge space in my wall.
There is a clock in my room, a picture clock. I have put an envelope sized family photo in it. The wall in which this clock is put, is facing the other wall in which our big family picture is hung. This clock picture is in total contradiction to the big portrait. We all are wearing mismatched clothes. The background is shabby. The picture looks like it has been taken in a haste, not a “perfect family” picture; except for the fact that we all our smiling…our faces shine with the happiness we felt at that moment.
That day when this clock picture was taken, we were all very happy;Cherishing each other’s company. You know what is the biggest difference in both the photos? In the clock picture we were smiling, because we wanted to. Not because we had to… And that is what makes a perfect family moment.The big portrait sized picture, no matter however perfect and beautiful it might be, doesn’t capture the warmth which that envelope sized photo does.
Family pictures are not trophies. We often urge to take perfect pictures, to get that perfect amount of appreciation from its viewers. But that’s the thing we miss. Its not about the perfect picture, its about the perfect moment we create for ourselves. Pictures may rot or may get deleted; you may not even remember you had such a picture after a while. But when you create memories that are captured in your heart, it stays forever.