Saturday, February 20, 2010

***My First Point & Shoot Challenge***



              (Print by One Eye Open)

   Hello friends! Last Friday I was visiting a blog that I have just started to follow. The blog is called Fat Mum Slim and the lovely blogger is Chantelle who hails from Australia. Chantelle had issued a photo challenge to her readers and this is how it works. Over the weekend you are supposed to take a photo of something that maybe makes you happy, sad, joyous or maybe grateful....whatever you want really. I decided to take my camera and take a walk around my little world and look for something meaningful. I thought, how cool would it be to find a photo of something that would really make people think. So off I went and two hours later I had about 37 photos I had taken of all kinds of wonderful subjects. I loaded all of them to my iPhoto and stared editing and trying to decide which photo to post. As the hours went by, I started to feel very disappointed...none of them really spoke to me. They were all nice, but I wasn't looking for nice. I wanted special! I walked away from my computer and forgot about the challenge for a while. 
   Later that evening I was putting away some folded laundry, when I came upon my sister Mary Sue's journal that she had kept for a little while during her cancer treatments.  I opened the journal and flipped through a few pages and there it was! I found myself staring at what I had been looking for all day, something that made me sad, happy, loved and appreciated all at the same time.  I believe it is very common for people to think that they could have done more for the ones they lost to this horrible sickness. We say many..many what if's and if only's. I know I did after my sisters passing. But as I read this small entry, here she was telling me it was ok...we did do enough, at least all we could. For that I will always be grateful to her and I believe she meant for us to read this..to help ease our minds. 
   So here is my photo for the weekend challenge.
She felt that I made her feel safe...could I ever have asked for more that that...I think not...Thank you Mary Sue.
  Until next time..be kind and stay creative.
                     

14 comments:

Lala's Pequenos said...

Wow, such a beautiful entry. Thank you for this reminder.
-Alessandra

Kelly Ann said...

That's the perfect entry.....

Tweed Delights said...

A perfect choice Janet :)

Anonymous said...

Everyone has an angel to watch over them and just like you were her's she is now your's.
It's a wonderful photograph.
Love you!
Bobby

Chantelle {fat mum slim} said...

Awww. I'm so emotional. This is beautiful Janet. xx

Maddy said...

Thanks for making me cry. I also loved it when were there because I knew that she was safe. I love you...Maddy

Wanda said...

That small paragraph must mean the world to you Janet. Your photo is successful with making one 'think' and it brought forth lots of emotion. It made me recall a letter from my daughter-in-law's dying mother. She wrote thanking me for raising a wonderful son!
I'm sorry you lost a sister, Janet. I now remember you mentioning this when I first started following!

Annette said...

I have to share a secret with you. I am planning a 2 day road trip with my daughter to go visit my family and go to a concert with my 2 sisters. This has been in the works for months but I've been looking for a way to get out of it because I just don't "feel" like going. However, after reading your post, I've adjusted my attitude. Thank you for the reminder about what's really important!

Audrey said...

That is wonderful! You did find the perfect photo!

Atelier Conti said...

What a wonderful discovery! I can't think of a more beautiful complement.

Marcheline said...

Weepy over here. Your sister left you a wonderful gift - the knowledge of how she felt about you. Wish my dad could/would have done the same thing for me...

Jennifer Juniper said...

I really love this. Really love it and agree it serves all the emotions at once.

Loved your list of faves, Little House??? Kindred Spirit! I have a party posting Thursday to link up your own list of faves if you're interested?

Julia said...

We just read a kids book tonight called Badger Says Goodbye and it tells the story of Badger who is old and dies and how he left memories with his friends. With our memories our loved ones live on. This is a hard topic for me... Well done.

Michelle Palmer said...

Such a wonderful post! You made my morning, too~
It is important that we remember "we did what we could" when family, friends are ill. I have felt it, friends who recently lost their mom feel it... (if only I would have...)
Little moments shared mean the world to them. Love your journal treasure~ perfect photo. :)
Hope your day is wonderful~
Michelle