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.
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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