Two-seventeen, many assume this number represents an address, birth date or anniversary, however Two-seventeen symbolizes so much more. Two-seventeen has long been in my wife, Dawn’s, family history. Here is her story:
The sentiment behind Two-seventeen originated over 65 years ago, when my mother, Shirley Haughton was a little girl. Shirley was the second youngest of eight children, who idolized her older sister Ella May. Whenever Shirley told Ella May that she loved her, Ella May responded jokingly “How much?” As little sisters often do, Shirley tried to impress Ella May by telling her the largest number she could think of, “Two Hundred and Seventeen.” This quickly became a game the two sisters played over and over again. Shirley would tell Ella May she loved her two hundred and seventeen meaning the largest amount known to her little heart. Until Ella May passed away a couple of years ago Shirley and Ella May who would sign every card & letter and conclude every conversation with “I love you, Two-seventeen”.
As far back as I can remember my mom has told my sister, Gina, and I that she loves us Two-seventeen. I don’t think we ever questioned or asked what it meant. We knew intrinsically the weight Two-seventeen carried when our mom said it. Two-seventeen was the greatest amount of love possible and nothing could be more than that love she felt for us. We have continued Two-seventeen as a sentiment in our own lives and families. You will see 217 written on every birthday card, holiday card, and letter to family and close friends. When we say goodnight to our children it is with a kiss and “I love you Two-seventeen”. Pete and I even have 217 engraved on our wedding bands. There is no better way for us to express respect, commitment and unconditional love than those three numbers.
The women of Two-seventeen are honored that its meaning lives on in capturing images of unconditional love at its most intimate and celebrated moments. We are excited to incorporate the meaning of Two-seventeen into our family’s business. We hope to share our passion and love of photography with you and your family.
Dawn & Pete Malone