Archives for the month of: March, 2013

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Story Behind Foto: I believe there is beauty all around us; we just need to slow down and look closer to appreciate it.

Recently I had a conversation with my mother about photography and how much I enjoy taking foto’s. During our conversation, she mentioned that one of her friend’s and her had a similar conversation a few days prior. Her friends mentioned one of her hobbies is driving to coast and watching the sunset on the beach. My mother wondered why – why did her friend enjoy watching the sunset, why drive to see that, what was the big deal?

When I heard this come out of my mother’s mouth, I was surprise. My thoughts were, “duh, it’s gorgeous!”

She did not get it and I wondered why.

Now thinking about it, I wonder why it is that mom did not get such a simple concept. Is it that throughout her life she has had to live life without taking the time to slow down and appreciate the little things, or, is that currently there are other life issues running through her mind that are fogging up the ability to “smell the roses?”

Eventually I explained to her that watching the sunset is beautiful because of the multiple colors in the sky, and it is a tranquil setting by the beach. She got the point.

So, let this be a reminder for you to take time to appreciate the beauty around you whether it is a gorgeous sunset, a lonely flower growing in the middle a sidewalk, or the sweet smile of your significant other. Whichever it is, take time to appreciate that moment in time because you never know what tomorrow may bring.

-CAT

 

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Story Behind Foto: I am back! I apologize for my hiatus, as I mentioned in my last Foto Friday post my family has been going through some changes, but I failed to mention the entire situation. After thinking about it long and hard, I decided to share my experience. I will not be mentioning specifics because I have not discussed with my family, but I will share my experience as the daughter and caregiver of a cancer patient.

Yes, we (my family) and I have been stricken with a cancer diagnosis. As you can imagine such news is not taken lightly in fact, it is quite the opposite. Today marks the one-month post-surgery day. The extensive surgery area is healing well and slight movement has been restored. However, the next phase will be the dreaded chemotherapy. As of now, we do not have an exact start date but we do know treatment will be for a little over a year. Yes more than a year!

Therefore, in the midst of it all, I am trying to stay strong and positive, but some days are better than others.

Thank goodness for early spring and beautiful blooming trees all around us. It makes it easier to remain positive and strong when nature is so beautiful and young, sort of like an innocent child worry-free and unaware of the harsh reality of adulthood and aging parents.

Here I share a foto taken at my parents’ home. I believe this is one of their nectarine fruit trees in their front yard.

Happy Friday,

CAT

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