Those old sepia photographs had sat in the box; the one which smelled of staleness and chocolate from that day at the end of the Great War.
I took the photographs out and lay beside the fire and for the first time I began to really see.
It was true enough: the smile on your face had been borne so well, but it was a smile that belonged to another – to someone far happier than you.
The truth lay in your eyes – they told a different story. They did not fit well nor rest. They had seen so much and you had never explained them away.
It was when Henry had been given the colour camera that I saw the changes. In those photos, I could see a warm glow which had begun to shine behind your eyes, the ones which had grown into your face.
At last, they belonged there.
bobby stevenson 2012