The Giving People

September 15th, 2009

The Giving People - Grandparents

An inspirational photo that reminds us that anything is possible as long as you reach for it.

(submitted by Michael)

88 Responses to “The Giving People”

  1. Mic C says:

    I keep counting the arms in this pic. I swear there is an extra one.

  2. Sara says:

    This looks suspiciously like the guy who sold us a car! his name was also Michael….hahahahaha

  3. Vixen says:


  4. devans00 says:

    Alley oop, poops. One more push and you can make it up the tree.

  5. Ninja_Girl says:

    I think something’s missing in the background…didn’t there used to be two donkeys there?

  6. Summer says:

    The younger guy is extremely good looking. And it doesn’t look like he’s even aware of it. (the best kind of lookers – i’m in this category). Back to the photo. The pose has a ‘gorillas in the mist’ kind of feel to it. Very lovin’ tho. Nice son/grandson & dad/grandad vibe. Nice!

  7. Louisa says:

    So whats this guys name?

  8. Bethany says:

    I especially love the hand on the waist 🙂

  9. Betsy says:

    That young man looks like John Barrowman (Jack Harkness from Torchwood), and it looks like the kind of photo Barrowman would be in…posin’ with his gramps.

  10. laurbie says:

    OMG! I know him! The young him. I went to prom with him my senior year! Now everything makes sense…

  11. What in the World? says:

    Funny pic – but more than that – I want to know what kind of camera they have – with all that bright sunlight and the ‘men’ standing in the shade – and yet the picture is quite brilliant… I mean the quality NOT the pose… lol

  12. Debra says:

    I’m fairly certain that Grandpa’s other hand is just pretending to hold a branch. That’s a little awkward.

    And to the person who submitted this photo: Are there any solo shots of cutie?

  13. Maya B says:

    Raise your hand, raise your haaaaaand if you’re Sure!

  14. KatieMB says:

    Hope they both remembered to use deordorant.

  15. binkymae says:

    This is why Tarzan should have never married the American woman he rescued and settled down. He totally lost his mojo.

  16. Prima Donna says:

    At least there’s no armshelf. However, that fact is negated when one considers the overuse of its lesser-known cousin: tree-shelf.

  17. mark says:

    Two comments
    1. Hmmm…. Maybe they really do grow on trees but one is a little more ripe than the other.

    2. Why are they holding that tree up?

  18. liz says:

    Personally, I think the most awkward part is the kid’s questional hand placement on grandpa…..

  19. Amice says:

    You know, so many couples would choose to lean *against* the tree (or, as we’re learning from this site, hide *in* the tree). I like this choice. It’s bold, innovative, fresh–just like their love.

  20. Modine says:

    The apples doesn’t fall far from the tree. Or Gramps.

  21. That’s a funny spot for your hand reach around rest.

  22. Pauline says:

    Good way to air out the armpits!

  23. ChelleBelle says:

    I dunno… that’s a bit of a stretch. I think you need more people in your family tree.

  24. Lisa says:

    Apple picking?

  25. Ryan says:

    Junior decided getting on gramps shoulders wouldn’t be such a good idea after all.

  26. Megan says:


  27. Elyse says:

    since grandpa has no feet,his grandson was kind enough to hold him up while he hung from the tree

  28. CarolD says:

    This has got to be one of my favorites of all! So good.

  29. Annie says:

    If Grandpa’s arms weren’t also reaching up, it would be okay.

  30. SarahK says:

    The chain link fence in the background adds to the ambiance.

  31. Dogdancing says:

    Where can I get a seedling of that tree ??? My neighborhood could use a tree that grows good looking guys!!!

  32. Bastet11 says:

    “There you go grampa..up into the tree!”

  33. Clint says:

    Agreed. This is a GOOD photo.

  34. Paulina says:

    This is soo sweet. Men are always afraid to show affection. Kudos to these guys, whatever their relationship may be.

    Nice caption about the tree limbs though, lol.

  35. Tim says:

    Suddenly, I have this strange urge to listen to Peter Gabriel’s “Shaking The Tree”….

  36. John says:

    Ok, see all you wanna-be submitters… _this_ is awkward. From Gramp’s “what on earth…” line-smile to the angle of the legs right back to the arms in the trees, this is what awkward looks like.

  37. Frankly, kind of a reach.

  38. Vicky says:

    The kid missed his opportunity…. tickle tickle tickle 🙂

  39. Don says:

    Elm tree in backyard- check
    Grandpa in picture with me- check
    Genealogy project for History class- A+

  40. Kurtacus says:

    They swore on that Arbor Day 17 years ago that they’d always be there for each other. Somehow, they both missed the fact that the commitment was a figurative one.

  41. Krista says:

    Junior is cute, but I think he’s giving a peek of his undies.

  42. Carolyn says:

    Inspired by Shel Silverstein. Brilliant.

  43. Jacy says:

    Personally, my favorite part is the ugly chain link fence in the background. It totally ruins the picture.

  44. Deb says:

    I think it’s very sweet that they stopped to take a photo when the tree fell on them.

  45. newsgirl151 says:

    And… why is this awkward?

    • mrs5180 says:

      someone, who doesn’t understand posing, was trying to pose them–and it turned out odd instead of “whimsical” or “casual”

  46. kandee says:

    Ok, this pic makes me uncomfortable. I believe it definitely falls within the “awkward” photo guidelines. 🙂

  47. Rachel says:

    I like this one. It’s cute. And I swear I know the younger guy.

  48. Desdes says:

    I actually really like this photo. Reminds me of Grandpa.

  49. Cassie says:

    I think the engagement-picture pose is much more awkward than the arms reaching into the tree.

  50. Cassie says:

    They’re such a cute May-December couple! : )

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