Recently I attended the movie “Les Miserables” with some friends, and was reminded of the spectacular music and lyrics that brought Hugo’s work to life. The lyrics include “he filled my days with endless wonder” and I cannot help but feel that way about my son, my youngest of 4 children. Now, when I say that he fills my day with wonder, many of you will think of the meaning of the word “wonder” as awe, majesty, surprise, serendipity. The kind of “wonder” that you feel when you see a beautiful sunset, the vast expanse of the ocean, or the majesty of God’s creations here on Earth. Certainly, my son does often help me to feel this kind of “wonder”. And, certainly, he is full of surprises. The diagnosis of down’s syndrome was not really a surprise, but the diagnosis of autism along with that, at about age 3, was. And, the third diagnosis of Crohn’s disease at age 7 was more than surprising. It threw me completely into a tailspin, a mommy “meltdown” of sorts. Certainly, any one of the 3 diagnoses would put most mortals into a shivering, quaking, fearful, depressed mess of humanity. However, I am not a mere mortal. I have my roots in divinity. My father is a great genealogist. Some of our family lines go back to women of distinction. Among them, Joan of Arc, and Mary (Queen of Scots). Surprised? don’t be! If you do YOUR genealogy and get it back that far, you will probably find you have royal roots too! Does that make a difference in how you see yourself? Does it give you hope to make it through your challenges? I think it must. I think I also tend to treat other people like they have divine roots and royal heritage as well. Well, back to the idea of “wonder”…In addition to the awe kind of “wonder”, I find myself wondering about some other things. I wonder if he’ll ever be completely potty trained. (he’s 12…should I give up?) I wonder if we can stay on top of all the outside appointments with specialists and therapists. I wonder if he’ll live with us forever. I wonder if I’ll ever have an empty nest…??
When we moved to the mid-south, I wanted to work part time, but my experience is in the Airline Industry. Anyone that has ever worked in the airline industry will tell you that getting the schedule you want is all about seniority. The people working day shift with weekends off often are the most senior employees. I dreaded the thought of more shift work, working weekends and holidays, and after 14 years in the airline industry, starting over once again. That is when I decided to turn to Photography!
I needed something where I could control my schedule around doctor appointments and Gavin’s health. Something I could do with small blocks of time. Something creative and rewarding. Thus, wallybird photography was created in 2012. My first year in operation was very busy. I applied for a federal trademark through the Patent and Trademark Office. (USPTO) So, wallybird photography is a federally protected, registered trademark. I studied almost everything I could get my hands on about photography and took classes online on how to improve my technique and how to process and edit in Adobe Lightroom. I became a contributing photographer to shutterstock and some other online stock agencies. I’ve met some of my goals, and have new ones for 2013! I’ve run in to some wonderful, free, internet sites that will help you take your photography to the next level. Check out http://digital-photography-school.com/ and find answers to everything from aperture to white balance. Even advanced photographers can find something there of interest!
Here are some photos of our little guy, and here’s to another week of “wonder”!!!