The day I captured this photograph was the day that my father-in-law said he didn’t want his photo taken. I knew we were leaving Missouri that week to set up our new lives as a family in Seattle, WA. Eden was 6 months old and had a difficult time adjusting to our visits with Opa Mike because she was very wary of anyone that wasn’t mommy.
On this day, after several days of getting them together, she sat in his arms with a smile on her face. She touched his cheek and cooed the way that an older baby does. I had a photo studio set up in our living room – not quite a proper one – but one that sufficed for my college work on that particular day. I asked him to stand in front of the canvas backdrop with Eden for a photo before we are gone for a long time. He didn’t want to. He laughed at the fact that the backdrop was pink. I promised that I’d convert it to black and white. I told him I wouldn’t mess with the lighting at all, just let me take one shot pretty please? He smiled and agreed.
Tyler was very excited to have this printed and sent to him as soon as we were settled and ready to share. This was the last visit we ever had with him. I knew that this would be a special photograph but not even Tyler realized that our visit back home would be a few months too late to grab another photograph of him with both Eden and Ostara.
Tyler will miss your silly letters, Eden will miss the cards, and I will miss putting together a photo year book for you each Christmas. Tyler is hurting but thankful that you are no longer living in pain. He is also thankful for all the beautiful childhood memories with you as his Dad (and I love hearing all about the family Star Wars obsession and the mutual love for shrimp).
Rest in peace, Mr. Stone.