Your happiest moments made us laugh, cry; Next assignment: send us your summer vacation photos

  • Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 2:06 p.m.
By Sally S. Howard: My son was injured in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Walking into my son's hospital room for the first time - being able to hold him, to see with my own eyes that he had all his limbs, to hear his jokes, and to know that he would recover - is the happiest moment in my life. Most people looking at this picture without an explanation would probably not understand why this picture would be submitted as a "happiest moment". It is to have your loved one, when you could have lost them. I submitted this picture to honor and celebrate anyone who has had a loved one recover from injury in a war, an accident, act of violence or recover from a serious and life threatening illness or disease. It was taken in Madigan Hospital on the Ft. Lewis Army Base, WA.

In hindsight it seems trying to pick one person’s happiest moment over another is practically an impossible task.

Weddings, babies, impersonating a guitarist at the edge of the pool: who’s to say one happy photo - one happy moment - is better than another? They were all happy in their own way.

In the end we chose a photo, a moment everyone can identify with: Sally S. Howard of Summerville seeing her son for the first time after he was injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Check Saturday’s People section in The Post and Courier to read more about why that photo was selected.

Your next assignment: Your summer vacation.

The rules: Send your very best summer vacation photo to by noon Tuesday.

Include your name, town and where the photo was taken.

If you want your photo to be eligible to run in the newspaper it must be at least 1,500 pixels and not have a commercial watermark.

Our editors will select which photo will appear each week. We reserve the right to not publish any photo for any reason.

Get shootin’

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