Saturday, February 5, 2011

Short Goodbye

This is an image of my great aunt Edna that I made last year during a trip to North Carolina.  Is it the best picture in the world?  No, not really.  But it is the last one of her I will ever have the chance to make.  I had almost talked myself out of leaving the camera in the bag.  I would be disappointed now had I done that.   I'm glad I made the picture, even though it made me nervous, even though the light wasn't perfect, even though I didn't think I was going to share it with the world.

It is strange even though I wasn't around her for any great length of time I feel if  I could find all the words I could probably write for a while about Edna.  Most of my time spent with her was when I was fairly young.  Even though my memory is very good, recalling those times brings up pictures and the feelings of my surroundings, and the going ons of the moment -- I can replay the scenes, but these things aren't easy to make sense of in words.  But I will leave you with some small things that are easily said: she was an amazing cook, a lady who cared greatly about other people [ she showed it through hospitality amongst other things ], and she will be missed.

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