Ten years ago, my wife Cathy and I were enjoying dinner out with our then 18-month-old daughter Abby at Saigon Cafe downtown
. Abby was sitting in a high chair, trying unsuccessfully to eat noodles and generally making a mess. She was also chatting away and being adorable.
Near the end of our meal, two ladies, Judy and Gisela, approached our table and passed a folded origami boat to our daughter. Abby was smitten. We were smitten, too. Abby’s antics had thoroughly entertained them, and they invited her to attend the Giving Tree Montessori School
, a school they founded.
Ten years later, all three of our children have attended the Giving Tree and graduated from kindergarten there.
This summer, Cathy and I photographed Judy and Gisela's wedding at The Edgewood Inn in Woodland Park.
We celebrated with them and many other parents who enrolled their children at The Giving Tree and also became close friends with Judy and Gisela. And over the years we’ve watched our children blossom at their school.
The most important lesson Judy and Gisela's taught and modeled for our children was a very simple one — Love is love. Love for a child, love for a parent, love for a spouse — it all comes from the same place, our hearts.
And throughout our lives, love for another must be nurtured and cared for. Love, they taught, is a fundamental quality of life. It's what make us human!
I witnessed their lessons and photographed them; The peace picnic, the soup feast, the Elk watch, the camping trip, the kindergarten graduation, all were imbued with a sense loving kindness for one another.
This is what Judy and Gisela taught and it is what my children will carry with them for the rest of their lives. We are all human and we all know in our hearts how to love one another.
Colorado Springs-based wedding photographer Sean Cayton loves remarkable photographs and the stories behind them. See his wedding work at caytonphotography.com, his personal work at seancayton.com and his editorial work in the pages of the Independent. Submit your photo and the story behind the image — no more than two a week, please — to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration in upcoming blogs.