A picture paints a thousand words


I discovered this image taken over fifteen years ago in a small town on the Amalfi Coast, while going through a shoebox filled with old photos.  As I strolled past a beautiful old church I was struck by these four men sitting together on a Sunday afternoon, the middle two deep in conversation, the bookends, content in their own thoughts. Each gentleman bore a unique expression though their emotions are difficult to interpret.  As only in Italy, the fashion sense impressed, particularly the vivid blue socks and old style fedoras.  The fellow on the far left sported a more casual but equally dapper attire with his jaunty tweed cap and stylish sneakers.


Published by Kathy Simmons

I am an ex New Yorker who still misses the vibrancy of the city. I seek out the humor in every day life and relay it through my stories in the hope others will appreciate as well. I love to write about growing up with my fantastically unique Irish mother whose memory inspires me every day. Although she is no longer with us, her antics are an endless staple for my tales. I currently live in Connecticut with my husband, two sons and toy fox terrier Anabel.

19 thoughts on “A picture paints a thousand words

    1. Interestingly enough, I wasn’t quite as brave as you think. The photo was snapped by inconspicuously lowering the camera to waist level but the men were truly all lost in thought so don’t think it would matter if I aimed right at them! Thank you so much J.B. !

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  1. Love this pic and your post. Also notice the impressive white gloves worn by the center right gentleman. It’s fun to try to analyze what is going on. I am amused at how unimpressed the bookends are by the two center guys. They look like they are thinking “What a lot of BS.” The two pair make unlikely bedfellows. Thanks for the post. Love it.

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    1. Hilarious insight! What I found funny as well is the connection between the men – the center two could be brothers but at a loss as to how left bookend fits in to mix. The priest clearly has not strayed far from home. Thank you for great comment.

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