To everything there is a season,
It’s been so long since I’ve taken the time to blog, so I decided that before I go on to share the amazing sessions I’ve had the privilege of photographing this season, I had to go back to the end of the summer when I envisioned sharing this particular post.
My family is blessed with being able to spend our summers here in Rhode Island at the beach. We live in a community (Roy Carperter’s Beach) where all ages from 1-100 spend the summers together having fun in the sun and dancing in the moonlight. It’s heaven on earth for kids and kids at heart.
This past summer we had the privilege of attending our beloved Auntie Evey’s 90th birthday party in August & I had the daunting job of deciding what the gift would be for someone who is turning 90.
I remembered that the blueberries were ready and visualized blueberries in a beautiful bowl and voila! my gift was born…so I saddled Jackson up on a steamy August morning and headed off to Shartners’s Farm to pick blueberries. Even though it was unbearably hot, we did have fun as well as the satisfaction of coming home with fresh blueberries & a great birthday gift.
Of course, Evey absolutely LOVED the blueberries (little did I know, they were her favorite!) and the party was awesome, but more importantly, what I came away with was how Auntie Evey, who her children describe as “the nicest person on earth”…”someone who has the ability to accept life as it comes and knows the power of the expression ‘forgive & forget’.”, represents a whole generation of these phenomenal people who have lived through and seen so much! They are the generation who have paved the way for us to live & learn & grow in this “good life.”
The message is simple really, just like the blueberries in the bowl and a child’s smile on a summer day. Her daughter, Suzie, summed it up for me perfectly by referring to Joan Didion’s book “The Year of Magical Thinking” and how a person like her Mom and all of our Mom’s & Dad’s make us feel loved by picking us up at the bus stop or asking us to fill the water glasses at dinnertime. These simple & powerful acts give us the gift of “the ordinary instant”, repeated rituals of domestic life that give it meaning…
As we approach the holidays, let’s strive to stay present and pay attention to those moments.