if you ever wonder

This series of photographs makes me feel nostalgic, not sad or even bittersweet, more like keenly aware of the passage of time.

From childhood days of swinging carefree, legs pumping back and forth, hair flying, laughing all out . . .

to the promise of a life together, a family, a new beginning . . .

to full bloom, petals wide open, where even decaying edges are truly, deeply beautiful.

I’m writing this in part to tell you that if you ever wonder what you’ve done in your life, and everyone does wonder sooner or later, you have been God’s grace to me, a miracle, something more than a miracle…. If only I had the words to tell you.
— Marilynne Robinson