8 years ago, when I picked up my camera, I thought I was going to click the shutter and take some nice pictures for people.
What I didn't realize was how much emotion and the connection that attaches itself to each family or person I meet. Fast forward to today: I can't just pick up the camera and 'take a picture.' It doesn't mean that to me - it means so much more and I believe my heart has expanded to make room for each lovely person I have had the honor to spend time with.
Jill bought my birthday special a year ago and saved it for just the right time. She used it to have a Mother/daughter session with Nancy, a woman whom I met once before. I had worked with Jill several years ago. The half day we spent together was so fun and so energetic and so amazing - it was a real intimate connection that made me feel I was spending the day with a sister and my mom. It was supposed to be their day together but they wrapped me up in their glow and shared their relationship with me. I know people have known and loved Jill and Nancy for much longer than I have - but the snippet of time I was honored enough to have been a part of left an impact. My heart has been so heavy since I learned of Nancy's passing earlier this week. I have read the comments from those who knew her and confirmed what I gained in a few hours: that she was a beautiful, kind influence to many. And she left a spot on my heart that I will always carry with me.
My words are inadequate, but I am so sorry for your loss Jill. And thank you for letting me have a day with your mom.