I have a thing for Willie Nelson? Seriously.
This week has just been extraordinary. Just trying to keep a level head, breathe, plow through, raise money for MDA, be glad I have healthy children and an understanding husband and thankful I have found a hobby that might actually do some good. It is amazing what you can see from behind a camera lens. Albeit I hold back tears a lot and sometimes they don't stay in very well.
Sunday I spent the day photographing five high school seniors that couldn't afford to have pictures done. It was my idea. I talked to someone at the high school and within in two days, I had five appointments booked. (I kind of want this idea to explode....like big time.) One girl's mom came with us and I begged her to get in to a photo. She told me she had never had her photo taken before. Really. She is in immigrant working in the US, the night shift, her daughter is at home every night by herself. Living in low income housing. This is America. She was so shy in front of the camera but her love for her daughter was so immense, you could see it the way she looked at her. That is beauty.
Two of the other seniors, were twins, they had just moved here from the middle east and told me about the struggles of dealing with the kids at the school not being nice to them. They were just grateful they had their twin to hang out with. When I showed them some of the photos, they literally squealled with excitement.
Then Tuesday, in a very very last minute proposition, the MDA asked me to help out with photography at their Muscle event. Again, really, how can you say no? These kids, all wheelchair bound, so excited to meet their favorite sports stars and their parents looking only at "victories" not the "problems", it sure puts things in perspective for you. Enjoy this great song. Breathe. Be grateful.