Exuberant joy

I was so captivated by this picture in the Washington Post last Saturday that I just have to share it with you. This is partly because with the decline in the readership of newspapers it is more likely than not that you would have not seen it. It is nuns from a French convent, along with others, watching riders in the Tour de France go by. I noticed it because the Tour de France is the only sporting event I watch, or even take any notice of. The nuns, and the priest on the left side of the picture, are the very picture of joy and exuberance. The happiness and excitement on their faces is worth, well, a thousand words. The children and, presumably, parents in their midst further adds to its charm. What a far cry from the usual image of nuns as serious and dour. I enjoyed it so much I set aside other topics and thoughts on my list of things to write about to share it.

To appreciate it fully you might want to download it to your photo viewer and rotate it left 90 degrees and enlarge it. Since there was no actual story in the Post, I wasn’t able to find the picture for download on the Post’s website. What you have is a scan of a copy I made from the newspaper, and it came out sideways. Or just print it.

A Good News photo indeed.

Ron Hicks, Parish Verger, St. Albans’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC

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