I figured I’d try to keep on topic. But I’m also going to try to be brief. After working 13+ hour days from Friday through Saturday, and then being busy today too… well… I’m wiped right out.
Today (after a photo shoot at the U of S) we headed to my parents place to celebrate Father’s day with my husband and my Dad. It was a pleasant surprise to find my Grampa there too. As I shared pictures of our puppies (who are now four weeks old) I realized that this might be the perfect opportunity to share the blog post I made in his honour. So I did just that.
I tried not to spy, as Grampa read through my words. But I noticed him tearing up, pulling out his old cloth hanky to wipe his eyes and quietly blow his nose. Afterwards he took the laptop in to Grandma Joan (who was sitting in the other room playing a game on the Wii with my parents and siblings) so she could read it too.
Grampa came back into the kitchen, where I was sitting, and relayed a few memories from some of our camping trips when I was a wee thing. I’m glad he got the chance to read it. And of all the days he could have read it on, I’m glad it was today.
Grampa gave me an extra tight squeeze, and a kiss on the cheek when he left. And Grandma Joan said she thought that it was a lovely thing I’d written about him. It was a good Fathers Day. 🙂
Haven’t read my post about my Grampa? Head on over HERE to do so.
So, here’s my thank you. To my Dad, to my Grampa, to all the men out there who love, nurture, protect and respect their children. Who give us the space we need to grow, but the guidance to do so safely. Who are steadfast, true, and ever present – even when we (in the moment) may wish they weren’t. Who hold us tightly in their hearts, and in their arms too. To all of you, THANK YOU! We wouldn’t be who we are without you. You are appreciated, and what you do matters. Happy Father’s Day!
Some folks are absolutely exhausting. And I don’t mean in the way that the girlie is exhausting (where she’ll tire you out, but you are left feeling nothing but love). I mean put your soul through the wringer, tough to deal with, leave you wanting to sleep for six days straight, exhausting. I would say “you know who you are”, but I’m not really sure that’s the case.
I’m sure some folks know that they are super demanding and tough to deal with, but I’m also sure there are at least as many out there who have no idea. And they may be people you love, but they just leave you feeling like you have nothing left to offer yourself (let alone anyone else). So how do you know if you leave folks wanting to crawl into a hole for days on end? I’m not sure. Gads! I hope I’m not one of those people. Would you tell me if I were???
I’ll admit, I’m high maintenance when it comes to romantic relationships. I’m hard on Damon, I expect a lot from him, but I do try to make sure he knows how much I appreciate and love him. I don’t let a day go by without both saying it and showing it. So I may be high maintenance, but I don’t think I’m a soul-leech.
So. How do you know if you are a drain on others? And why am I stuck on this topic tonight? LOL Well… I’m feeling drained, and it just got me thinking about it. I normally love pretty much everything about photography, even the business end of things. But every so often you run into a client that just leaves you feeling like you are laying out in the desert, burned out to the point where even the scavengers aren’t interested in trying to chew through your weathered, leathery skin. Even one email just leaves you tired. But I certainly wouldn’t give it up.
For that ONE person, there’s got to be at least a dozen (if not two or three dozen) people who just make it all so worth while. Families so full of love that it spills out to all those around them. People with spirits so vibrant that I fear I’ll need to buy a special filter for my camera so they don’t leave it damaged. Couples so delightful that they’d brighten even the cloudiest days, by simply chasing the drizzles away with their radiant smiles.
So yeah… I’m worn out tonight, beat, tired. Or, well… I was. But then I remembered all the incredible folks who make it SOOO very worth it. And now? I’m sitting here grinning like an idiot. An idiot who is completely content and happy with her lot in life.