Just wanted to add that I'll keep registration open to auditors through the rest of the weekend (until the end of the day on Sunday, January 6th.) You can find more details below.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program...
I'm almost embarrassed to admit how spoiled I've been by my past students.
I've received Christmas cards, pajamas, cakes, flowers, books, necklaces, letters, picture frames, plaques, comic strips, cupcakes, gift cards to my favorite restaurants, emails, lip balm, hot pads, aprons, texts, photo books, encouraging phone calls, bracelets, stationery, junk food, videos, poems, etc.
They've even sent letters and gifts to my kids.
And when my husband was in Afghanistan, he received box after box of letters, snacks, baseball mitts, (The only baseball mitt my husband will use is the one that was sent to him while he was in Afghanistan.) Christmas decortions, books, etc. - and not only did they send enough for my husband, but they also sent enough for the guys he deployed with.
In fact, I came home from grocery shopping one day while Josh was deployed and found a bouquet of flowers sitting on my front step. No note or anything. Just a big, lovely bouquet of flowers. I still have no clue who sent them, but my guess is that it was a past student who just wanted to (and did) bless my day.
It's kind of hard to put into words how all that makes me feel. Lucky. Humbled. Grateful.
The kindness of people floors me sometimes - makes me want to strive to give more and do more.
Maybe even to be more.
A few weeks back I went to check the mail and almost tripped over a box that was sitting in front of the door. (It was dark and our porch light doesn't work.) So after checking the mail, I ran inside (Actually, I hobbled becuase my leg still hurts too much to run on it.) and the kiddos peered over my shoulder while I opened the box...
It was cookies from my good friend and past student, Kate.
But cookies unlike any I had ever seen.
They were more like little works of art that were all designed specifically with me in mind.
There were cookies with my business logo on them, cookies with pictures of vintage cameras on them and cookies with my kids names written on them.
That one had an airplane on it and the word 'kismet' because Josh Downs and I met on an airplane almost eight years ago now and we've always called it 'kismet.' (Actually, when I told Karen Burniston the story just a few days after Josh and I met, she called it 'kismet' and Josh and I have been using the word ever since.)
That one (above) kind of stumped me.
But then I turned it rightside up and realized it was a cake. (The most common phrase you'll hear in my photography workshops is "You can't have your cake and eat it too." so cake is kind of a long-standing joke between myself and my students.)
And my dream-car is an old, blue 49' Ford.
Jesus, love and photography. (Doesn't get any better than that.)
And I'm still holding out hope that I'll become an Olympic gymnast one day.
I wouldn't let anyone eat them for four days - I just wanted to look at them.
But then the thought of them becoming stale began to override my desire to display them as works of art around the house, so I poured a tall glass of milk one day while the kids were gone and I ate one. (Actually, I ate three.)
And when the kids came home, they dug into them too.
They tasted even better than they looked (if that's possible.)
So a big thanks to all of my past students.
You guys always seem to have me running the gamut of emotions...You guys make me smile. You make me laugh. You make me cry. You make me feel really, really thankful.
Recently (after I received flowers from my students who came to Oregon for my first Hometown Workshop and chocolate covered strawberries from my students in the second Hometown Workshop - both in the same week) Josh asked, "I wonder what I'd have to do to get flowers and strawberries from the people I do work for?" To which I replied, "You'd probably have to cry with them and let them know how much you love them." which was an immediate deal-breaker for Josh Downs.
And while I'm talking about all of you lovely students, I'd better mention that the next Photographers' Workshop begins on Monday, January 7th. The regular seats in this workshop are full, but I can still squeeze in a few more auditors if anyone is hoping to learn how to take better photos in 2013. (Note that the ONLY difference between auditing students and regular students is that I do not provide evaluations for auditing students. However, auditors can still post questions, comments and photos and can even sign up for a peer group where other students will evaluate their images.) Just click here if you'd like to register. (Once you register, you'll receive a confirmation email and a welcome letter and I'll get your class binder mailed of to you.)
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