He did not start out this life with a camera in hand. It started as a hobby and grew into a passion. He told my mom that he discovered that he liked the honesty he got through the lens. It was once written about him that, "He took photographs to get to know people and have fellowship over the camera." I love that wording because it really captures who I think of when I think of my Uncle Carl.
He is a handsome man and a family man. He loves God and country with enthusiasm. He is gentle but direct. He is someone I truly respect. I've paid more attention to just who he is in recent years. This quiet, gentle man (unless of course you talk politics) has nurtured a relationship between the two of us and let me get to know him. He doesn't say much but he gets his message across. He's told me twice that he loves me and although I already knew it, the truth in his voice has made invaluable memories.
He loves his family. He considers his ability to take a photo and have us see a masterpiece a gift from God. He thinks that loyalty is a given in friendship and in love. He finds nature and people fascinating.
Now don't get me wrong. Uncle Carl may read this and consider it "sap" if I don't tell you that he has not always been the most eloquent or disciplined with his words. Politics and religion are dangerous territory in the Moser family and there's not one of us that hasn't lost or given up on a discussion with him! They say we mellow with age and from the stories I've heard and some of what I remember, I would have to say this is the case with Carl Moser, Sr.
What has remained constant is the pride he has in his family and the unconditional love he had for my Aunt Helen. Theirs was a true love story. He has always been bright and talented and drawn people to him. But, for me, the respect and admiration he showed for her was the true measure of a man.
My prayers are with our family and all that have been touched by him. May your journey be brilliant, Uncle Carl. Your time here certainly has been.