I couldn’t quite find the right words for this post. Anything that needs saying from me is said through the photographs. So I asked my dear friend Emerald to share some words about her grandma Lois.
Some may not comprehend the beauty of capturing a funeral in photos. To some, moments kindred to death may assume too morbid, too dark, too much to want to share. I beg to differ, having Alicia there that day is a gift we cherish, not only for her support as a dear friend, but also to help my family remember the celebration of my grandma’s life in such a memorable fashion. The pictures are naturally exquisite, as my grandma was. The surreality sinks in; the fact that she is gone, because I spent last year living with my grandparents. I feel her with me all of the time. Among a million things she had a gentle yet contagious laugh, a roaring sense of humor shared only with those in earshot, worries that would attract your care, and a heart full of faith that only knew to give. If I am blessed to grow to resemble anyone, I pray it be Lois Gilleran. They just don’t make ’em like that anymore. I will remember our love forever and am grateful for sharing the journey of my favorite angel.
“Dance for yourself. If someone understands, good. If not, then no matter. Go right on doing what you love.”-Lois Hurst
These photos are far from perfect. In fact these images are a very imperfect result of the way I’ve been seeing lately. They are real and a reminder that I am constantly growing and traveling in the right direction. They are a reminder that I exist in a place full of dancing and doing what I love.
I don’t think it was possible to miss the memo that yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I hope everyone showed themselves some love aside from all the flowers, chocolates, and mushy gushy Hallmark cards that were traded. You all are beautiful.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
Two weeks ago I up and decided to take a trip to Oak Harbor, WA. My friend Sarah is from there and was going home for vacation. Over coffee one day we thought it would be fun for me to take a couple of days off to visit her. We had thrown around the idea, not sure I’d be able to pull it off with work and finances. I called her up on a Wednesday night ecstatic, saying that I would be leaving the next day. So I packed my bags, bought film for my camera, got my oil changed and headed off on my solo adventure out to the Pacific Northwest.
On my way there I stopped in Seattle to see my friend Steel for dinner, coffee, and a walk around Green Lake Park.
My first day in Oak Harbor was spent at the beach with Sarah and her friends.
The next day our adventures included Coupeville for lunch and ice cream, Deception Pass and Mt. Erie.
On my last day we took the ferry to Port Townsend, those photos will be coming soon!