Throwback Thursday – This Redhead

When my daughter was born, I remember one of the nurses saying “look at that red hair!” Her grandmother on her father’s side was a redhead so I wasn’t too surprised.

As the doctor laid her on my belly, I looked at her and something told me it was going to be a wild ride. And it has been … in a good way.

We had our moments though, as mothers and daughters do. What mother hasn’t enforced a curfew and been told “I hate you!” Haha! Been there – done that. But I wouldn’t trade my life as her Mom for anything.

This image is one I took when she was fifteen. The year she thought she knew everything. It shows on her face, doesn’t it?

I know for sure that God is the one who got us through THOSE days. He has such a sense of humor!

She’s a lovely woman now with a sense of adventure that continues to inspire me and all who are lucky enough to know her.

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Be good to yourself and others. Namaste’

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Throw Back Thursday – Blake

My grandson, Blake, is 18 today. It hardly seems possible.

BalloonsIt’s been said that anyone who takes pictures stops time. That’s exactly what this image does for me. I shot it on his second birthday; a day filled with cake, ice cream, games, balloons and lots of toys from adoring family members. I remember it like it was yesterday. (I’m pretty sure he had more fun with these balloons than anything else that day).

Blake made it a game for me to try to capture him in pictures. If he saw my camera, he would run and hide. So I learned to be rather stealth and sneak up on him … many times to the point of actually chasing him. We had such laughs when I would finally catch up to him and believe me, he was fast! But it was always an adventure and the kind of memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Blake, you’re like your Mom in so many ways, especially your love of adventure. I hope you never lose that. And like she always says … “much love and adventure often.” Happy 18th Birthday.

Regina (Reggie) Arnold is a “flunked retirement” entrepreneur, co-author of The Art & Science of Recruiting, an award-winning photographic artist, and photo blogger.

 

A Salute to Day 100

Wow! Little did I know when I committed to a photo a day for all of this year how fast the time would go.  Or how interesting it would become to find things to photograph and then write about them.  It’s now Day 100 and I’m still at it … only 266 days to go!  Color me more happy, more grateful, more persistent, more creative, and more aware than I was 100 days ago.  Life can be such an adventure, even in the tiniest of ways.

Today’s photo is a salute (of my favorite Merlot variety) to all of my fellow 366’ers and blog readers.  Bravo to all of you photo bloggers who have hung in there and grown through this process; sharing your hearts and souls with all of us through your photographs.   And here’s to all of my other blog readers who have cheered me on and inspired me with your comments.  I am humbled and grateful.  Cheers and Namaste.

I am in the reflection on the glass - Hello There!

And … as for my reflection on the glass, it brings to mind one of my favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac.