Great picture, huh?
But it’s the story that takes you one step deeper in meaning….
When a 91-year-old, Hungarian-born grandmother was feeling lonely and depressed, her grandson, French photographer, Sacha Goldberger, suggested they take some fun photos.
I suggest you click on My Modern Met, to enjoy the full scope of the project.
But Before you do…
You should know the rest of the story. This grandmother saved 10 people during WWII, hiding Jewish people and moving them to different places every day. She survived Nazism, and was finally forced to move from her homeland (by a Communist regime) or face death.
Maybe you went back and looked at her again. Looked at the face that has earned her wrinkles under the facepaint. That has endured so much life and loss it’s hard to make sense of the whole “journey.”
And that’s also how it works with our characters in our writing. We can describe a character ( just like you can take a picture). But when we show the why and how of their story, the character becomes real. Readers curse the rude clerk who is impatient with a story’s beloved old lady. They sigh about the loneliness and separation that accompanies the “Golden Years.”
We write about characters, not ideas or events. Need more convincing?
The pictures have gone viral and Mamika now has 2,200 friends on Myspace. Initially she was confused by the the fuss. People would post “You’re wonderful,” or “I miss my Grandma. Would you adopt me?” She’s now come to accept that the pictures and her story convey hope and joy.
Silly? No. It’s also the core of writing. When we write of characters who share their vulnerable truths, meaning bubbles out of it for the reader.
Like Mamika, we find we’re never to old, silly, or tired to inspire someone.