Greetings! Please excuse my absence from our blogging world these past several weeks. I have been on a retreat of sorts. Renewing my spirit, honing my craft, caring for my life, my family and my friends. Today seemed like a perfect day to jump back in and share.
One year ago today Relyn and i were in Golden Gate Park in the Conservatory walking among the magnificent orchids and tropical plants, getting to know one another better. We had met for the very first time the previous day and begun a 10 hour road-trip from Portland to San Francisco. We covered a lot of conversational ground during those long hours. We compared notes about our views on life and death. Talked about our favorite music, art, the best books we had ever read. We debated short vs long hairstyles, eye make-up, skin care, lipstick colors, Harry Potter and God. By the time we had arrived in the city after dark, had secured our parking spot, lost our car, laughed ourselves silly, found our way into and back out of the Haight to our apartment i felt i loved this person beyond reasoning. And i still do.
Early Wednesday morning I will pick Relyn up from the home of her In-laws just south of here and we will head over to the Oregon coast for 3 days. Just us, the beach, our cameras, our history, our love for reading, writing, our daughters, each other and life. Glorious.
Last year Relyn influenced me write in a journal, practice expressing myself more with words. Last year i influenced Relyn to get herself a good camera and to express her view of the world in a more visual way. This year we will compare notes and do these things together. Awesome. Amazing kismet that i would have the opportunity to know this remarkable woman and let her know me.
I have a Relyn story to share. One of her unphotographical tales. If you are a Relyn fan you may have already read this. She might have placed it on her own blog in the past year. I came across it as a comment she had made on someone else's post. This story lodged itself in my brain within the file named; be-the-best-humanitarian-you-can-and-the-world-will-be-a-kinder-place.
"...our bird made me think of the most amazing sight i saw this weekend. We were at a red light and i looked up. The power lines were covered in birds. I mean COVERED! Not hundreds. Thousands. I mean that without one bit of exaggeration. This was cool enough in itself. But then. One bird flew in and snuggled himself down among his buddies. And all down the line, literally a thousand birds flew up and settled again a tiny space to the right. Like watching piano keys that whoosh off the piano in a cartoon. It was amazing."
This picture is dedicated to Relyn's vision and a bird's version of humanitarianism.