The photos were taken at my friends' rehearsal dinner which was held at this tasty barbecue restaurant near where they live. It was a great place for me to catch candid photos, since most of the people there didn't know who I was and weren't paying attention to me.
So, here we go.
Grandma's son-in-law (S-i-L) was showing her photos of his grandchild. This is really a fairly irrelevant bit of information, to me. But, for those of you dying to know, now you know. What is interesting in the photos is all the unspoken information therein - you can tell these people have a mutual respect for one another.
I think you can tell they've know one another for a good period of time. You can tell grandma really likes talking to her S-i-L. And the S-i-L likes showing off the photos to grandma. I imagine he's saying, "My grandchild is so sweet, and I love him so much. I feel so lucky to be a grandparent. But, you know, the best part about being a grandparent is you can play with them and love on them and then give them back to their parents whenever you want to and go take a nap." She concurs.
Here, grandma shows us she's an intent listener. I bet she loves listening to her relatives and learning about what makes them tick, what they think, and how they are. Listening is a skill that is hard to come by for most folks. But, one of the best things you can do for a friend. And, one of the best skills to use in the workplace. I often think - if I shut my yammer trap more often and just listened I would be so much better off. Grandma learned this a long time ago!
And, when she listens, she really appreciates learning something new about ol' S-i-L. She's thinking, "He's turned out to not be such a bad SOB after all." Or, something like that.
I love catching photos like these. They are real and honest and not superficial. But, its sometimes hard to capture these moments with the camera. People get self conscious when a camera is around and try to create their version of the photos they'd like taken of them.