Tuesday, November 29, 2011

more than just me

I have been following a website called Write on Edge, a community dedicated to providing inspiration and support for writers.  Today's prompt was to post a favorite photograph of myself, and in 300 words explain who I was in the photo, and what the photo meant to me.

Ok, I thought to myself, this was going to be an epic fail.  I don't have many photos of me.  None that I would share anyway.  Usually I am the one behind the camera, because I am serious about my photography as a craft, (and I take the best photos in the family).  I have thousands of photos of everyone.  There was one small folder on my hard drive labeled "me" with photos I used for websites.  Nothing really exciting.  I looked forlornly through the folder, thinking this prompt was going to be a bust for me.

Then I saw it.  A photo taken by my sister in 2008.  It was taken at Mankas Corner, a favorite teen hangout of ours. Now it sports an attractive little cafe with outdoor seating.  It appealed to us, so we stopped for lunch.  It was a perfect California spring day.  We took photos of us with my camera, another memory to share.

Why do I love this photo?  Because every time I look at it, I think of Vix.  How she loves me, no matter my mood, or behavior.  Every time we are together, is a perfect moment in time.  Vix's love is unconditional, accepting, supportive, and full of the laughter and tears of a lifetime spent together.

So you see, this isn't just me in the photo.  It is me...with my sister.  She is there.  If I squint my eyes and look carefully, I can see her right beside me.

Always.





~cath xo
Twitter @jonesbabie

42 comments:

  1. Sisters are the best time... and i am lucky to have one... i loved your last paragraph, it oozes with your love for her and the relationship that you both have... beautiful.

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  2. The eyes really say it. You are happy. And there's no light or staging that can substitute for pure contentment.

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  3. Just a penny for my thoughts? The picture was easy to take, because the subject was the best, I love you sissy! xo

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  4. I'm jealous of everyone who has a sister. I love my brother, but there's some things you just don't share with your brother! What a great photo and great memory!

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  5. Oh, I love this. I have always wished I had a sister.
    Also? I used to work in Green Valley and have driven by that spot so many times. :)

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  6. oh how lucky you and your sister CLEARLY are to have one another!

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  7. @Ratz Thank you for such a nice comment, and I am lucky to have two wonderful sisters!

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  8. @Nancy C You are right, my eyes were speaking for me...that was a happy day and one of so many my sisters and I have shared.

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  9. @Vix And somewhere around here is the photo I took of you that day, on one of the hundreds of disks I have saved my photos to...only you could say something so perfectly sweet. I love you too Vix. :D

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  10. @Betsy My best advice Betsy...adopt a sister...girlfriends come as close to being blood relatives as you can get, and make wonderful adopted sisters. I have several of those too! :D

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  11. @Nichole I'm so glad you stopped by and shared that Nicole! Green Valley, Mankas Corner, Rockville, all places that are gorgeous and largely unknown to non-natives. The background photo on my Twitter page was shot in Rockville cemetery. :D

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  12. @finallyMom.blogspot.com Thank you, and yes, we both realize it (as does the baby sister, "the princess"). :D

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  13. That's a beautiful picture of you, Cath, as is the explanation of why it's your favorite. You can see how comfortable you are with the person taking the picture. The love is so evident. It's nice that you sisters have each other.

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  14. @Adriene Thanks Adriene. Yes, my sisters have seen me naked, warts and all, and still think I am beautiful. I think the are becoming blind in their middle age. But that's ok, I love them just as much! :D

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  15. How beautiful! You look as though you were in the middle of laughing with your sister about something. A very happy place to be!

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  16. "If I squint my eyes and look carefully, I can see her right beside me.

    Always."

    I love this! So moving! Also, that is such a beautiful picture of you!

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  17. I so adore the way you wove your story into the adoration for the photo!

    Your love for your sister and your time together exude from your smile and your words!

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  18. @Not Just Another Mother Blogger! We usually are laughing when we are together, so you were probably right on the money with that guess. I may not remember the details, but when I look at the photo, I can remember what a great day we had...one of many. Thanks for the comment. :D

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  19. @lisa from insignificant at best Thank you Lisa. I tend to write fast, from the gut, and edit quickly. Which means what I write isn't always so clear. This came to me like a bell ringing loud and clear. Have you ever had something just flow faster than you can write? :D

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  20. @Galit Breen If you could see her face at this same moment, you would see she is wearing the same expression on her lips and in her eyes. Thanks so much for a lovely comment.

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  21. I'm so glad I read this before heading off to class. It has put me in the best mood. Thank you for that. And, it is a great photo, by the way.

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  22. What a wonderfully sweet post. And the picture is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. @Thom Brown thank you for that wonderful comment Thom. It made my day!

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  24. @thecolorlime thanks for reading. I am glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  25. Beautiful Cath. To feel such love and to share so much with your sister must be a wonderful feeling.

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  26. Beautiful post Cath and beautiful pic xo

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  27. Lovely picture. Your expression says so much about your feelings for your sister. And if it's your favorite photo - or at least the one you chose to show here - that says it all!

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  28. Wished I had such a sister! Beautiful picture, Cath!

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  29. The best photos are the ones that capture the moment, the memories and the emotions of the experience. Not all photos do that, and it's nice when we have those few that really do.
    Great picture of you! I can almost envision the day as you've told it. :)

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  30. It is a great picture. I don't have a sister, but I have two daughters. I hope that, when they grow up, they will experience such a close bond!

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  31. @hocam It is Mary. We have our meltdown moments, but even when we disagree, I know my sisters love me. :D

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  32. @Penelope J. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was "the one". I am looking straight into the eyes of my sister, and what you see on my face is her love reflected back at me. Smarmy, but true. :D

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  33. @Barbara I think my sisters (both of them) are one of a kind. Thanks Barbara for the kind comment.

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  34. @Aubrey Thanks Aubrey. I envision myself telling my granddaughter the story of this day someday. The grandsons could care less about the photo, since there is no car or animal in it. :D

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  35. @MuMuGB I also hope your daughters have the bond that my sisters and I do. :D Don't worry if they fight right now (we did too), they will outgrow it. :D

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  36. I'm so glad you had that prompt, Cath! Your writing sure shined through in this one and I could almost see your sister there too. =) I want this to be the relationship I have with my sister as we grow up too. =)

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  37. @Samantha Bangayan I think writing prompts are fun Sam, it makes me think outside the box a bit. I think sister relationships are unique, and have a special connection because we are all women. I hope you and your sister have that relationship too!

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