Love, Loss, and Moving Pictures

I lost someone this week.

My dear uncle passed away after a long illness.

 

Through my sadness I found myself turning to his YouTube channel. Flickering videos of his grandchildren, my wedding, family fun, memories captured in time.

He and I shared a love for the movies. And while he preferred the historical Pakistani musical variety and I preferred the equally cheesy 70’s American musical variety, it was a passion for movies that we both could never really explain.

There’s something about a movie that is so magical it defies words.

20130503-174337.jpgEven with an oxygen tank my uncle made his was across the country for my wedding.

He sat in the audience filming the entire thing and when he sent me the video I was breathless. For him to capture one of the happiest days of my life will always touch my heart.

And although it hurts that we can’t be near him now I know he will live on in those videos he took.

All we have to do is press play.

” It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That’s the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.”
-American Beautybaobab

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