There are two meanings for me behind this layout… my dad took this picture on my parent’s trip to Costa Rica. I wish you could see the original (bad lighting when I took the picture of the layout), but the colors aren’t altered a bit—that was how bright and beautiful it really was. My dad loved photography—he was one of those people that if you were the subject of his photo, you would have to stand there with a fake smile on your face until your teeth dried out while he was adjusting and getting the right angle and waiting for that perfect moment… anyway, the last big purchase he ever made was a new digital camera. He was so proud of that thing – wore it around his neck even when he was sleeping. Looking back at those pictures – crooked and out of focused as some of them were, they told his story – the closet doors he stared at day after day when he became all but bed-ridden—he’d find different animal shapes in the grains of wood, close up shots of his grandson’s face when Wesley would run up to him and see what he was up to, the sunset that was so very gorgeous on our road trip back from Mexico to see his brothers and sisters for that last time… point being, all those pictures, even the slightly blurry and the one’s you’d usually not take an extra glance at – walls, ceilings – they all tell some sort of story about the photographer and/or shows what they hold dear to them. What story do your pictures tell? What do you want to portray as the core of your heart?
The second thing I wanted to reveal through this layout is in the Costa Rica flower and the Alaska Mountains that you see behind my dad in the picture underneath. My parent’s could have waited until they retired to go on these trips… but they asked themselves, why wait?! They went on tours of Costa Rica, a cruise through Alaska, a trek through central Mexico, and were a week away from putting down a deposit on a tour of Spain, when they got the diagnosis. Had they waited, my dad would have never seen those mountains, nor learned more of his heritage in Mexico, nor trekked through Costa Rica forest… my mom wouldn’t have gotten to spend all that time with him, soaking in new experiences together, just the two of them. Had they waited for retirement… they would still be waiting. It is what would have been my dad’s 59th birthday today; my mom just turned a young 55 a couple weeks ago (sorry for outing you mom:) you would think they would have had time – their golden years to stop and relax and explore… what are you waiting to do that doesn’t make sense to wait for anymore…?
Please see the corresponding detail layout for the picture underneath and a description of the actual layout.
Thanks so much for looking!!!