Last night I spent hours with a camera around my neck, stalking guests at the local Women's Club fundraising gala.
Now, mind you, it's pretty standard for me to have my camera hanging around my neck at any function I attend...well, anywhere I go... but last night was different: instead of complaining about me taking too many photos, people were asking me to take more, because I was the official photographer!
It was truly photographer heaven!
Because it was a fundraiser for the Women's Club, my only payment was a delicious dinner and a glass of wine. The Women's Club supports our community in so many ways, including awarding scholarships to several graduating seniors. My daughter was a recipient a few years ago, and I volunteered to show my appreciation.
Not only did I get to snap photos to my heart's content, but I bumped into several friends, met new ones, listened to an awesome band...the Vintage 15...and enjoyed scenes from the Wizard of Oz, created almost entirely from toilet paper rolls.
Monday: new dog beds made from an old mattress; French toast, courtesy of your husband; a call about one of your Craig's List posts
Tuesday: an extended property tour through your small town; a son who stops by after work to see your mom even though it gets him home really late
Wednesday: friends downloading and sharing your real estate mobile app to improve your chances of winning $20K
Thursday: a stranger helping you scrape ice from your windshield; making it home before the roadways are covered in ice
Friday: a snow day...long walks, warm fires, and chili simmering on the stove; an email from an old friend, asking you to photograph his daughter's April wedding at a gorgeous outdoor chapel
Saturday: exploring new homes; getting to see your oldest son and your mom in one visit; being the official photographer at a Gala; works of creative wonder made from toilet paper rolls; big bands; staying up late watching episodes of American Horror Story with your kids
Sunday: a flash of blue in the woods, signaling the return of the Mexican Jays; Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies; watching a trio of Brady Bunch episodes with your mom
I hope you've all collected a bunch of sweet!s this week, too.
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If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time,
because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.
It transcends all barriers.
~ Ed Sullivan