I grew up loved by wonderful parents who not only encouraged me to be me, but who taught me right from wrong. I remember all of the laughter, the fun, the support, and all of those little life lessons that we all learn along the way.
My mother is a strong, affectionate, artistically talented woman who has always given the support every young child should have. She has encouraged me to stand when I would fall; brush myself off, and try again. I have to thank her for believing in me, even when I didn’t. For all of those times she did, I now know… I can and I will.
My father, who passed away suddenly in 1997, was a hard-working and caring man. He loved to play tricks on people; maybe that is where I get my sense of humor 🙂 I remember the mud filled Pepsi bottle that was strategically placed in the fridge to drink. I was peeking my head around the corner as he took a swig out of the bottle; he just looked at me and smiled. Later that week, I walked through a door that he so carefully placed a bucket of water on top of. Needless to say… I got a little wet. He taught me to give 100% of everything I am in everything I do and to work hard at it. I still miss him so very much to this day.
Part of what I like to capture in my photography images is what my father and I started doing when I was a wee little one. We would travel around the countryside in southwest MN looking for abandoned houses and farmsteads. To this day, the excitement of seeing these abandoned or neglected properties is beyond any words I could write. He would remind me that there are stories behind these places and sometimes, we would make up our own.
I am fortunate to have found someone who can share the excitement of back-roading with me. Dan is well… caring, supportive, fun, open-minded, clever and a very talented man. I could go on and on but someone’s head might not fit through the door 🙂 He has a way to make me smile… always. The way that he sees the world is captured in his blog at outdoorguyphotography.com.
My parents may not have been the best photographers (as seen in the scanned images), but I adore them! And yes, at times I may still be messy and sport an occasional bandage or two 🙂
Both of my parents encouraged me to see the beauty around me and Dan is here at my side, opening my eyes a little farther.
The next few series of blogs of mine will be of the photography adventures that Dan and I have ventured on this year as we travel along the countryside.