Tuesday, December 9, 2008

A Treasure

A treasure can take many forms. This past week I have found many treasures. Unexpectently, I had to go back "home" to New Mexico this past week to be with family. My dear aunt Dodie was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma and immediately left our arms for the arms of our Lord. She is a treasure.

The love my dad has for this person... his sister, his friend, and in sorts, his mother figure, compares to none. The love they shared is a treasure.

The warm welcoming and love my aunts, uncles, grandpa, cousins, and wela bestowed upon me was so genuine. It seemed as if time has stood still for the last 20 years, as if I had never left. That is a treasure.

The warmth of my grandma's hand and the smell of her beautiful jet black hair as she lay and take a nap. Her small body and big heart is such a treasure.

The pictures that had been tucked away in a box that I never knew existed, is a treasure. My dad realized that I have become a photographer/historian. I realize that time stops for nobody and all we have are those precious preserved memories. I think that is why I am such a perfectionist when it comes to my photography work, because I want my clients to embrace those memories and leave a legacy or a "treasure" for the day that one realizes that time can stop if you allow it....in a magical portrait image. The pictures shared with me this past week, are a treasure. This picture is a tribute to my aunt Dodie, who helped teach me the importance of family, love, and God. You are a treasure in my heart and I will miss you.

A picture taken, in my grandmother's writing..... "Christmas Eve, December 24, 1955". I am a better person because of you.... grandma....grandpa....dad....doy....and lando..... each of you are my treasure.


QuietMom said...

What a happy photo and sweet thoughts to go with it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog too!

Vicky said...

Sorry for your loss. I'm glad you have such a nice photo to remember your loved ones.

Christina said...

What a beautiful post. I'm sorry for your loss, but grateful for the treasure it has helped you to find.

Daisy said...

I am very sorry for the sad news about your aunt Dodie. Your photos truly are a treasure.

Sara said...

I am very touched by your post and the smiling photo. I agree that there is nothing like a portrait for magical capture of a person, time and place, and that the real treasures are our love for each other. Very inspiring. My sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved aunt.

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