Picture with a Thousand Words

By Providence Oghenemarho Ikoyo:

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”

-Karl Lagerfeld

Suddenly the elixir of happiness and inexplicable peace flew passed every nooks and crannies of my soul, as I quietly browsed through my phone’s gallery alone.

Each time I look at a picture, the sweet giddy memories I shared with my family brushed through my thoughts and lingered for a moment.

I missed being this way…this way with my family, but this way was made during the lockdown period, were a lot was taken from us; our school and every physical contact we could have with others.

Even worse, the Covid-19 lockdown took a lot of lives, means of livelihood, time and joy from a lot of people on a global level. And I feel so sad for those who became it’s victims.

I wouldn’t say the Lockdown didn’t bring some form of pain to me. I remember not being able to go for my internship in a company I have always wanted to go and I almost wanted to faint! Plus waking up to the news that our school calendar had being lengthened unreasonable was a even tougher pill to swallow.

“So I wouldn’t graduate in time? Great! Good riddance to bad rubbish” I said in one breath.

That pain was so hard for me to bear but nevertheless peering through my phone’s gallery, I wasn’t seeing the pictures, I was seeing moments, not painful moments but of joy, of togetherness, of creativity, of musing, of peace and adventure I had with my family.

It is priceless!

I am still remembering the Covid-19 lockdown but not in a bad way but in a way that sets my heart pumping with tremendous joy.

And at this moment in time, I am glad those moments were captured, I was glad we took those pictures.

As long as I have my pictures, I will always have these memories freshened up in my thoughts.

What beautiful strong memories did you have to remember just by looking at a picture?

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Providence Oghenemarho Ikoyo
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