The look of joy on this woman's face just makes me smile. The reality of nursing homes can be so bleak, and it looks as though this may be the case here judging by some of the expressions of the other women, but I love that if even for a few minutes this social worker was able to take Ms. Melendez by the hand and make her holiday that much brighter. Having said all of that - it breaks my heart that the photographer wasn't able to get that one foot in the frame! But the rest of the composition and the moment that was captured still made this an eye grabber for me.
Social worker Bella de Arrueand, right, dances with Julia Melendez, 73, during a Christmas party at the Sara Zaldivar old people's home in San Salvador, Tuesday , Dec. 19, 2006.