Saturday, February 09, 2013

Focusing on Life :: Feel the Love


Today I'm posting for Sally Russick's "Focusing on Life" blog series.  The photo prompt this week was "Feel the Love".


Today's photo is an old one, but one I've never shared, and one that is incredibly special to me for so many different reasons.  It was taken with a cell phone (back before the amazing Smart Phone photo quality) in May, 2007, when Zack was four. 


I wasn't there when this picture was taken -- I was exhibiting my jewelry at a craft show in Virginia Beach.  We were staying the weekend with one of Rick's long-time friends, Diane, and she took the picture when Zack just suddenly dropped off to sleep in his daddy's arms.


Whenever I look at this picture, I don't just feel the love Zack and Rick have for each other.  I think mostly, to be honest, about the love behind the camera -- Diane.  


Diane was exuberant and amazingly funny and a fabulous woman all the way around.  I was lucky to get to know her the few times we were able to get down to see her.  This photo is bittersweet, because a little less than a year prior to this photo, Diane's husband, a USAF officer and one of Rick's best friends, suddenly passed away from unknown causes at his desk at work.  He was the epitome of fitness.  All he had was a slight cold.  But he was gone.  And almost exactly a year later -- so was Diane.


So when I look at this photo, I feel love all the way around, inside and out.  Everyone who knew Greg and Diane were lucky to have known them, because to know them was to be loved by them.  I don't believe that love stops when you cease keeping house on this earth, and I feel their love every time I see these photos.


Can't you?   


 

Photos are so precious.  I've always said the first thing I'd grab if my house caught on fire (after people and pets) was my photos and journals.  All those memories live in my heart, carry me along, keep me going, and feel the love.


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Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack.  Visit her shops by clicking here.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party®   and author of the book Bead Soup.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful Photo's and wonderful story behind these photos. I have not had a journal in many many ions.

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  2. What a lovely commentary on your friends and the love they brought to your life and the life of your child

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  3. Beautiful post Lori, and yes, I do feel the love ... for all five of you. Thanks for the reminder to cherish our photos ... it's time for me to finally organize those photos I've been meaning to take care of for so long now ...

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  4. A beautiful memory, Lori - you're, indeed, lucky and blessed to have had such good friends, and to be loved by them. Like you, I think love is eternal - your friends are probably smiling at your sharing the memories and moments of love!

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  5. So many wonderful people come into our livs, and so many of them will be forever in our hearts. Touching story.

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  6. Oh Lori - such a beautiful loving tribute to two dear friends. Love your take on this challenge.

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  7. Thanks for sharing: this story really moved me and made me think about what it is to be human.

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  8. Thank you for sharing this amazing photo, and your story.

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  9. Dang girl - can you write a tribute. I thought about joining this group - but know I could never hold a candle to the other photo/bloggers - so I will continue to feel the emotion, the love and caring vicariously through all of you.

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  10. I cherish my photos too. So many memories and love to feel and remember.

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  11. I am impressed with all of the people who can participate in Sally's blog series. I have so much trouble opening up that much--especially online.

    *Beautiful memories*--cherish them, indeed.

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  12. What a beautiful post. Indeed I can feel the love that you passed on

    Your story was so touching. This post made you revisit what is most important... and you showed it to us. You are a very special person Lori. I am glad that I met you in this web land. Dita.

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  13. Lori I'm so glad that you say you still feel their love. I know we live on after this life and we remember it also. I'm going to ask you to get a CD of a book that is read, I'm sure it is just as good if you just read it. But to hear this story read to you is so amazing. The name of it is
    Heaven is For Real by: Todd Burpo. Thank you for sharing the love you have for the friends you will see again.

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  14. Such a sweet photo of Rick and Zach. And so sad to hear about your friends. Thank goodness for fond memories and photos.

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  15. I was just thinking I need to take more pictures of my son. Thank you for sharing your story. It was very touching.

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  16. Wonderful photos and I am so glad that you have them to remember your friends.

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  17. Tears in my eyes. What precious individuals! Yes, you CAN feel the love.Thank you so much for sharing...

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  18. I honestly couldn't agree with you more Lori. Love is nothing but a high vibrational emotion and even though you can't hold it and it's not tangible, it's eternal!

    It's so sad to hear about both Greg and Diane. I like to think they were put in your life for a reason and they gave you something in the time you were friends :)

    What a beautiful post for Sally's prompt this week!

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  19. I can. I can feel the catch in my throat too. What a tragedy. I'm happy you have these images to remember them by. I agree they are priceless. Which reminds me I was going to burn a dvd to leave at my parents house in case anything were to happen here...

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  20. Beautiful post Lori. I am sorry your friends have left us in body but clearly they are still here in spirit. I am with you, if I had to leave my house quickly, people, pets and photos are what I would want to come with me. My handmade quilts would factor in too if time allowed.

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  21. Feeling all the permutations of love in this post. The story is sweet, and nostalgic. Beautiful.

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  22. Lori, your post is a reminder to live each day to the fullest.. because we truly do not know how long we are meant to be on this earth. Your post and photos are such a wonderful representation of love!

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  23. Thank you for sharing that with us Lori. Truly bittersweet.

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  24. Even with a pounding head you have beautiful thoughts - thank you for sharing! ~~T

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  25. Such a sweet photo. The story brought tears to my eyes though. I agree love doesn't end when we're no longer on earth.
    Hope you are well.

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  26. Gorgeous...and the memories make them extra special. :-)

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  27. I just found out tonight that a dear friend of mine is brain dead and they are just waiting now to find organ recipients. Life is here, and then gone in an instant. Feeling the love all of the time is the most important thing we can do...lovely tribute.

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  28. Oh, how I feel for you, Lori because I miss my friends who have passed on too. It's really a comfort to have beautiful photos of them to remind us of good and eternal friendships.

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  29. The two things I take when I evacuate for a hurricane are my original photos and my computer that contains all my digital photos.

    Life is so short we need to see and feel the love all around us.

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  30. Oh Lori, what a lovely post. I feel just the same about our photos. You are also right about our loed one not leaving when they pass into the BEST of LIFE.
    Be blessed to be a blessing

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  31. You can't replace pictures. My mom always said that and told us to keep them in a place we can "grab and go" if there was every a fire.
    As grainy as that picture is, there is something so beautiful about.

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  32. Great story as always Lori. You captured the essence of the "feel the love" perfectly even with the old blurry pic. You showed how important pics are to all of us. It's so kool that you send love to all of us followers too.

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